Explaining the nature of theories in the field of child development (including why theories are useful and why there are multiple theories), Thomas' highly respected book covers the widest range of theories of any text currently available. Thomas suggests a variety of ways to compare theories to help guide the search of child development theorists who may be dissatisfied with existing explanations of how a child grows up.
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Table of ContentsPreface. Acknowledgements. PART ONE: STANDARDS OF COMPARISON. 1. Theories, Models, Paradigms, and Such. 2. The Contents of Child Development Theories. PART TWO: SOURCES OF THEORIES. 3. Cultural Origins of Scientific Theories. 4. Commonsense Attribution Theory. PART THREE: THE PSYCHOANALYTIC TRADITION. 5. Sigmund Freud's Psychoanalysis. 6. Erikson's Variation on Freud's Theme. PART FOUR: BEHAVIORISM AND SOCIAL LEARNING MODEL. 7. Skinner's Operant Conditioning. 8. Social Cognition Theory and Contextualism. PART FIVE: THE GROWTH OF THOUGHT AND LANGUAGE. 9. Piaget's Cognitive Development Theory. 10. Vygotsky and the Soviet Tradition. PART SIX: COMPUTER ANALOGUES AND THE SELF. 11. Information-Processing Theories. 12. Conceptions of the Self: Humanistic and Otherwise. PART SEVEN: ENVIRONMENT, GENETIC PLANS, AND THE BIOLOGICAL CHILD. 13. Ecological Psychology. 14. Ethology and Sociobiology. 15. A Bio-Electrochemical Model. PART EIGHT: THEORY CENTERED IN VALUES: MORAL DEVELOPMENT. 16. Kohlberg's Model of Moral Development. 17. An Integrated Theory of Moral Development. PART NINE: THE CONTINUING QUEST. 18. Recent Entries. REFERENCES. NAME INDEX. SUBJECT INDEX.