The Nature-Nurture Debates

The Nature-Nurture Debates : Bridging the Gap

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How is it possible that in more than one hundred years, the nature-nurture debate has not come to a satisfactory resolution? The problem, Dale Goldhaber argues, lies not with the proposed answers, but with the question itself. In The Nature-Nurture Debate, Goldhaber reviews the four major perspectives on the issue - behavior genetics, environment, evolutionary psychology and developmental systems theory - and shows that the classic, reductionist strategies (behavior genetics and environmental approaches) are incapable of resolving the issue because they each offer a false perspective on the process of human development. It is only through a synthesis of the two holistic perspectives of evolutionary psychology and developmental systems theory that we will be able to understand the nature of human behavior.
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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 1139533711
  • 9781139533713

Table of contents

1. Issues and questions; 2. A brief history lesson; 3. The proxy debate: a primer on methodology and analysis; 4. A classic debate; 5. A new debate; 6. So what?; 7. Now what?
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"...offers an excellent historical introduction to the debates and as such deserves a wide readership among biologists and psychologists alike."
--Johan J. Bolhuis, Utrecht University, SCIENCE "...successfully argues that a synthesis of the two holistic perspectives is necessary in order to understand the nature of human behavior and thereby finally resolve the debate.... Highly recommended..."
--R.B. Stewart Jr., Oakland University, CHOICE "...this book provides a useful review of the history of thought about the different influences on human development that might well provide the basis for an interesting undergraduate course..."
--Dr. Susan E. F. Chipman, PsycCRITIQUES
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About Dale Goldhaber

Dale Goldhaber is Associate Professor Emeritus at the University of Vermont. In 2010, he received the John Dewey Award for Excellence in Teaching from the College of Education and Social Services. Professor Goldhaber is the author of Theories of Human Development: Integrative Perspectives and Life-Span Human Development in addition to numerous articles related to human development and early childhood education.
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