Developmental Psychology in Historical Perspective

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-02-13
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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A concise and thoughtful look at the history of developmental psychology. The book opens with an overview of the pre-scientific era including the first baby biographies published in Germany, America, and France during the 18th and 19th centuries, to the beginning of the child study movement of G. Stanley Hall. The primary content of the book will close with the coverage of the rapid developments occurring in the years immediately following the end of WWII. A concluding chapter summarizes the developments in the field in recent decades, and also serves to provide continuity between the discipline as we know it today and those events discussed from the past International developments in the field are ingetgreated throughout the book, presenting the book and events in their proper context. The authors avoid presenting history as a chronology of event. Instead they provide a life span view within an overall chronological structure. The authors also include, at relevant points within the manuscript, brief biographies of some of the individuals who helped develop this field. Further, It is vital to understanding the story of developmental psychology to include a presentation of the global developments in the field and the individuals who made them. Some of these individuals would include, but would not be limited to, Charlotte B8hler, Edouard Clapar+de, Maria Montessori, and William Stern and others.

Author Biography

Dennis Thompson is Professor Emeritus in educational psychology at Georgia State University.  He has written widely on cognitive development during adulthood and the history of psychology and is the author of more than 50 publications.. These include A History of Developmental Psychology in Autobiography (edited with John D. Hogan, 1996) and Classic Films for Psychology (2006). He is editor of The Journal of Genetic Psychology.

John D. Hogan is Professor of Psychology at St. John's University in New York. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and has been president of two of its divisions - the Society for General Psychology and International Psychology. His previous books include International psychology: Views From Around the World (edited with Virginia S. Sexton, 1992) and A History of Psychology in Autobiography (edited with Denis N. Thompson, 1996).

Philip M. Clark is an emeritus professor of psychology at Ohio State University.  He is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and of the American Educational Research Association.  He has had extensive editorial experience, has served as co-editor of Genetic, Social, and General Psychology Monographs, and is currently a consulting editor for the Journal of Genetic Psychology.

Table of Contents

Preface vi

Acknowledgments ix

1 Establishing a Background for Developmental Psychology 1

2 Granville Stanley Hall and the Founding of Developmental Psychology 18

3 Additional Contributors and Contributions during the Child Study Era 34

4 Foundations for a Modern Science: The Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial and Developmental Psychology after World War I 57

5 Mainstream Advances in Developmental Psychology from the 1920s to the 1940s 77

6 Representative Theories of Development 102

7 The Origins of Life-Span Developmental Psychology 124

8 Nature, Nurture, and the Concept of Intelligence 143

9 Applications of Developmental Psychology: Advice to Parents and Teachers 170

10 Critical Developments since World War II 195

Index 213

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