Developmental Psychology in Historical Perspective

Developmental Psychology in Historical Perspective


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This is the first book to provide a comprehensive overview of the history of developmental psychology, from the pre-scientific era to the present day.

  • Covers the first research published in Germany, America, and France during the late 19th century
  • Examines the work and influence of key international scholars in the area
  • Incorporates the contributions of psychologists from diverse backgrounds
  • Pays attention to the historical research on development in adulthood and old age
  • Highlights the relationship between the growth of developmental psychology and renewed interest in child-rearing practices

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781405167475
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 02/21/2012
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

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.

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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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 An exciting historical journey with a fresh approach, this new work is accessibly written, and well-documented, with penetrating insights. It is a valuable addition as a text, reference, or intellectual adventure, lighting up the dynamism of the developmental field, its origins, relationships, and effects, comprehensively from ancient to modern times. Admirably revealed is the humanity of the prominent figures and especially their major issues that can still be compelling sources of concern.

Edwin Hollander, Graduate Center of the City University of New York


This important scholarly book puts developmental psychology into a historical framework and describes how the changing conceptions of childhood and development throughout history have been shaped by the larger cultural environment.  This raises the critical question of how our current social world will shape the future course of human development.

Gwendolyn L. Gerber, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

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