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Theories of Human Development: A Comparative Approach, CourseSmart eTextbook, 2nd Edition

By Michael Green, John A. Piel

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Dec 7, 2009

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This book is written primarily for psychology and education students whose programs include a course in child psychology,

 child development, or theories of development.  The text may also be used to supplement courses on child development

 organized thematically or chronologically.  Instructors of graduate courses in child development may wish to consider this text

 as a primary synthesis containing more source material and source citations than others of its kind.

      The primary aim of the book is to describe what developmental theories are, what they can do, where they come from, how

 they work, and how they can be used to explain human nature.

Table of Contents

             PART  I PRELIMINARY CONSIDERATIONS

 

Chapter 1                    Theories as Windows for Looking to See

Preview questions

Why do we study theories?

What is a theory?

Windows for looking to see

            Theory Definition

Structural components of developmental theories

            Assumptions

            Explaining human phenomena

            Internal principles

            Bridge principles

            Change mechanism

Limitations of developmental theories

Families and Paradigms of developmental theories

Paradigms and paradigm "cases" in developmental psychology

            Philosophical antecedents of developmental theories

            The big picture:  Paradigms in perspective 

Summary points

Suggested readings

 

Chapter 2                    Evaluating Developmental Theories

Preview questions

Evaluating theories of human development

Values of scientific worthiness

Developmental adequacy

Pedagogical usefulness

Important paradigm patterns

Summary points

Suggested readings

 

PART II THE ENDOGENOUS PARADIGM

 

Chapter 3                    Freud and Psychoanalysis

Preview questions

Historical sketch

Structural components of psychoanalysis

            assumptions

            problems for study

            internal principles

            bridge principles

            change mechanism

Explaining human development:  the research

disorders and psychodynamic treatment

personality types

the Oedipal complex

dreams

looking ahead

Contributions and criticisms of psychoanalysis

            contributions

            criticisms

Evaluation of psychoanalysis

            scientific worthiness

            developmental adequacy

            pedagogical usefulness

Summary points

Problems and exercises

            class exercises

            individual exercises

Suggested Readings

            more about Freud and his theory

            reviews of research

            critical reviews

 

Chapter 4                    Erikson and Psychosocial Theory

Preview questions        

Historical sketch          

Structural components of psychosocial theory   

            assumptions     

            problems for study

            internal principles         

            bridge principles          

            change mechanism       

Explaining human development:  the research    

indirect research on infants and children

child rearing

adolescent identity

cultural context

adulthood and aging

Contributions and criticisms of psychosocial theory       

            contributions

            criticisms         

Evaluation of psychosocial theory         

            scientific worthiness     

            developmental adequacy          

        &

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