Theories of Human Development: A Comparative Approach

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The authors have grouped the theories into three classical "families" which differ in their views relative to the prime motives underlying human nature. They show how theories are specific examples of more general points of view called paradigms. The theories chosen to represent the three paradigms (the Endogenous Paradigm, Exogenous Paradigm, and the Constructivist Paradigm) were selected because they met four criteria:

  • importance, as judged by academic and research psychologists
  • fertility, as judged by the amount of research the theory has generated
  • scope, as judged by the variety of phenomena the various theories explain
  • family resemblance, as judged by how well each theory represents its paradigm

The authors present the "paradigm case" in the lead chapter for each paradigm.  This paradigm case is the "best example" for the paradigm. The authors explain why paradigm cases are important, and give them more detailed treatment than other theories in the same paradigm.

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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.

About the Author:

Michael Green is Associate Professor in the Department of Reading and Elementary Education at UNC Charlotte.  His undergraduate training was in psychology at the University of California Berkeley.  He received his Ed. D. in human development from Harvard.  Today he teaches courses in child development, theories of development, and elementary mathematics education; directs children’s math-enrichment summer programs at UNC Charlotte and area schools; and is co-author of the Comprehensive Applied Manipulative Mathematics Program (CAMMP).  Dr. Green has published in Child Development, Computers in the Schools, Focus on Learning Problems in Mathematics, Journal of Educational Computing Research, Journal of Research on Computing in Education, and Journal of Educational Research.

 

John A. Piel is an Associate Professor in the Department of Reading and Elementary Education at UNC Charlotte.  His graduate training was in child cevelopment and mathematics education at The Florida State University.  Today he teaches courses in child development and mathematics education, linking the two as a comprehensive theoretical endeavor.  He is the co-author of the Comprehensive Applied Manipulative Mathematics Program (CAMMP) and with Dr. Green directs several summer enrichment camps for children using mathematics as the vehicle.  Piel has published in journals representing technology, mathematics education, and child development. 

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