Change and Development

Change and Development : Issues of Theory, Method, and Application

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This book and the symposium on which it was based were designed to cross the boundaries of subdiscipline and theoretical orientation to address four critical issues in understanding development: explanation of change and development; the nature and process of change; forms of variability in performance; and the promotion of change through application. The chapters suggest that change and development in target systems from cells to selves, may not be explainable, assessable, or promotable without careful reference to the context (social and otherwise) of the system, and that the process of change and development may involve variability of the system in addition to periods of stability. Together the chapters harken back to the spirit of the grand theory. Instead of proposing a grand theory, they provide an excellent foundation for considering the importance of an individual's (or particular group's) context and variability, and discussions to facilitate thinking about what still needs to be worked out.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 152 x 229mm | 648g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1138970115
  • 9781138970113

Table of contents

Contents: K.A. Renninger, E. Amsel, Change and Development: An Introduction. Part I:Foundations of Change and Development. M. Chandler, Stumping for Progress in a Post-Modern World. J. Valsiner, Constructing the Personal Through The Cultural: Redundant Organization of Psychological Development. J. Meacham, Autobiograpyhy, Voice, and Development Theory. Part II:Nature and Process of Change and Development S.F. Gilbert, S. Borish, How Cells Learn, How Cells Teach: Education in the Body. R.S. Siegler, Concepts and Methods for Studying Cognitive Change. K. Nelson, Cognitive Change as Collaborative Construction. K.W. Fischer, B.P. Kennedy, Tools for Analyzing the Many Shapes of Development: The Case of Self-in-Relationships in Korea. Part III:Variability, Change, and Development. L.B. Smith, Metaphors and Methods: Variability and the Study of Word Learning. R. Bakeman, L.B. Adamson, M. Konner, R. Barr, Sequential Analyses of !Kung Infant Communication: Inducing and Recruiting. P. van Geert, Variability and Fluctuation: A Dynamic View. J.B. Willett, Measuring Change: What Individual Growth Modeling Buys You. Part IV:Learning, Changing, and Developing. M. Cole, Cultural Mechanisms of Cognitive Development. B. Rogoff, Evaluating Development in the Process of Participation: Theory, Methods, and Practice Building on Each Other. W. Damon, Learning and Resistance: When Developmental Theory Meets Educational Practice.show more