Before Head Start: The Iowa Station and America's Children

Before Head Start: The Iowa Station and America's Children

by Hamilton Cravens
     
 

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Before Head Start: The Iowa Station and America's Children

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Satisfying in its detail, offering a rich and complex analysis of the theories and personalities of the nationally prominent child development researchers of the period.(Isis)

The definitive work on the origins of academic child development research in the United States. (History of Education Quarterly)

This readable and painstakingly researched study will be welcomed by faculty and advanced students. (Choice)

A well-written, insightful history of the origins and growth of the discipline of child development. (Historian)

This solid, superior study of an important and misunderstood discipline is a major contribution to the history of science. (American Historical Review)

Booknews
Cravens (history, Iowa State U.) chronicles the transformation of the child welfare movement that had originated as a moral reform effort in the Progressive era into the science of child development--both on the national level and from the perspective of the field's best-known research center, the U. of Iowa's Child Welfare Research Station. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807854327
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
07/30/2002
Edition description:
1
Pages:
348
Product dimensions:
0.72(w) x 6.14(h) x 9.21(d)

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From the Publisher
A well-written, insightful history of the origins and growth of the discipline of child development.—Historian

The book is satisfying in its detail, offering a rich and complex analysis of the theories and personalities of the nationally prominent child development researchers of the period.—Isis

This readable and painstakingly researched study will be welcomed by faculty and advanced students.—Choice

The definitive work on the origins of academic child development research in the United States.—History of Education Quarterly

This solid, superior study of an important and misunderstood discipline is a major contribution to the history of science.—American Historical Review

Before Head Start is a major contribution to American historical scholarship. By using a case study approach, Hamilton Cravens has written what is in effect a history of the evolution of child development theory from the early part of the twentieth century to the 1970s. This work will be of interest not only to historians, but to those in the social and behavioral sciences (including developmental and child psychology). . . . An indispensable contribution.—Gerald N. Grob, Rutgers University

Provides the essential context for the belief, embodied later in Head Start, that the learning abilities and social skills of young children can be raised by deliberate intervention and enrichment of their early lives. . . . A stunning contribution by a master of the sources who approaches the history of the sciences of the human mind in an entirely fresh way, and finds there much to instruct us.—Mary O. Furner, University of California, Santa Barbara

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