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Principles of developmental psychology /

by Butterworth, George.
Additional authors: Harris, Margaret, -- 1951-
Series: Principles of psychology, 0965-9706 Published by : L. Erlbaum Associates, (Hove, East Sussex, UK ; | Hillsdale, USA :) Physical details: x, 277 p. : ill. ; 22 cm. ISBN:9780863772801.
Subject(s): Developmental psychology -- History. | Psychology. | Developmental psychology -- History
Year: 1994
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 255-268) and indexes.

1. The origins of developmental psychology -- 2. The modern synthesis -- 3. Pre-natal development -- 4. Perceptual development in infancy -- 5. The development of motor skills in infancy -- 6. Origins of knowledge -- 7. The emergence of symbols -- 8. Symbolic representation in play and drawing -- 9. Cognitive development in early childhood -- 10. Cognitive development in middle childhood -- 11. The impact of school -- 12. Adolescence -- 13. Development in adulthood.

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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