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Short description The first book to provide a comprehensive overview of the history of developmental psychology, this volume examines the evolution of the field from the pre-scientific era to the present day. The chapters are organized chronologically and trace the development of international research from the first research published in Germany, America, and France during the late 19th century to the major advances that followed the Second World War. Particular attention is paid to research on development in adulthood and old age and the relationship between the growth of developmental psychology and child rearing practice.
From the contents Introduction An Introduction to the Chapters of the Book Table of Contents 1. Establishing a Background for Developmental Psychology 2. G. Stanley Hall and the Founding of Develomental Psychology 3. Additional Contributors and Contributions During the Child Study Era 4. Foundations for a Modern Science: The Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial and Developmental Psychology after World War I 5. Mainstream Advances in Developmental Psychology from the 1920's to the 1940's 6. Representative Theories of Development 7. The Origins of Life Span Developmental Psychology 8. Nature, Nuture and the Concept of Intelligence 9. Applications of Developmental Psychology: Advice to Parents and Teachers 10. Critical Developments Since World War II