Principles of Developmental Psychology: An Introduction

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Overview

Developmental psychology is concerned with the scientific understanding of age-related changes in experience and behaviour, not only in children, but throughout the lifespan. The task is to discover, describe and explain how development occurs, from its earliest origins into childhood, adulthood and old age. To understand human development requires one not only to make contact with human nature but also to consider the diverse effects of culture on the developing child. Development is as much a process of acquiring culture as it is of biological growth. This book reviews the history of developmental psychology with respect to both its nature and the effects of transmission of culture. The major theorists of the late 19th and early 20th century (Piaget, Vygotsky, Bowlby) are introduced to provide a background to contemporary research and the modern synthesis of nature and nurture.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780863772795
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/1/1994
  • Series: Principles of Psychology Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The origins of developmental psychology 3
2 The modern synthesis 15
3 Pre-natal development 37
4 Perceptual development in infancy 58
5 The development of motor skills in infancy 77
6 Origins of knowledge 88
7 The emergence of symbols 115
8 Symbolic representation in play and drawing 139
9 Cognitive development in early childhood 163
10 Cognitive development in middle childhood 183
11 The impact of school 199
12 Adolescence 225
13 Development in adulthood 241
References 255
Author Index 269
Subject Index 272
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