Classic Edition Sources: Human Development

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  • Edition: 3rd
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  • Copyright: 4/17/2007
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education

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This reader provides over 40 selections of enduring intellectual value--classic articles, book excerpts, and research studies--that have shaped the study of human development and our contemporary understanding of it.

Table of Contents

The Grand Theories
26509 Sigmund Freud , from “The Development of the Sexual Function,” An Outline of Psychoanalysis “
It has been found that in early childhood there are signs of bodily activity to which only ancient prejudice could deny the name of sexual, and which are connected with mental phenomena that we come across later in adult love, such as fixation to a particular object, jealousy, and so on.”
26496 Jean Piaget , from “The Genetic Approach to the Psychology of Thought,”
The Journal of Educational Psychology “From a developmental point of view, the essential in the act of thinking is not contemplation—that is to say, that which the Greek called ‘theorema’—but the action of the dynamics.”
24525 Erik Erikson , from “Eight Stages of Man,”
Childhood and Society “What follows … is a list of ego qualities which emerge from critical periods of development—criteria (identity is one) by which the individual demonstrates that his ego, at a given stage, is strong enough to integrate the timetable of the organism with the structure of social institutions.”
45361 Lê Xuân Hy and Jane Loevinger , from “The Concept of Ego Development,”
Measuring Ego Development “Thus the search for coherent meanings in experience is the essence of the ego or ego functioning, rather than just one among many ego functions
The ego maintains its stability, its identity, and its coherence by selectively gating out observations inconsistent with its current state—granting that one person’s coherence is another person’s gibberish.”
21250 Lawrence Kohlberg , from “The Child as a Moral Philosopher,” Psychology Today “How can one study morality?
Current trends in the fields of ethics, linguistics, anthropology and cognitive psychology have suggested a new approach which seems to avoid the morass of semantical confusions, value-bias and cultural relativity in which the psychoanalytic and semantic approaches to morality have foundered.”
12449 Carol Gilligan , from “Woman’s Place in Man’s Life Cycle,”
In a Different Voice: Psychological Theory and Women’s Development “At a time when efforts are being made to eradicate discrimination between the sexes in the search for social equality and justice, the differences between the sexes are being rediscovered in the social sciences
This discovery occurs when theories formerly considered to be sexually neutral in their scientific objectivity are found instead to reflect a consistent observational and evaluative bias.”
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