Synopses & Reviews
For undergraduate/graduate courses in Theories of Development, Child Development, and Lifespan Development.
The result of extensive scholarship and consultation with leading scholars, this text introduces students to twenty-four theorists and compares and contrasts their theories on how we develop as individuals. Emphasizing the theories that build upon the developmental tradition established by Rousseau, this text also covers theories in the environmental/learning tradition.
About the Author
William Crain is professor of psychology at The City College of New York. A social activist, Dr. Crain served nine years on the Teaneck, NJ, school board and works for student access to higher education and the protection of nature and animals. He and his wife Ellen F. Crain, a pediatrician, have three grown children.
Table of Contents
1. Early Theories: Preformationism, Locke, and Rousseau.
2. Gesell's Maturational Theory.
3. Ethological Theories: Darwin, Lorenz, Tinbergen, and Bowlby and Ainsworth.
4. Montessori's Educational Philosophy.
5. Werner's Organismic and Comparative Theory.
6. Piaget's Cognitive-Developmental Theory.
7. Kohlberg's Stages of Moral Development.
8. Learning Theory: Pavlov, Watson, and Skinner.
9. Bandura's Social Learning Theory.
10. Vygotsky's Social-Historical Theory of Cognitive Development.
11. Freud's Psychoanalytic Theory.
12. Erikson and the Eight Stages of Life.
13. Mahler's Separation/Individuation Theory.
14. A Case Study in Psychoanalytic Treatment: Bettelheim on Autism.
15. Schachtel on Childhood Experiences.
16. Jung's Theory of Adulthood.
17. Chomsky's Theory of Language Development.
18. Conclusion: Humanistic Psychology and Developmental Theory.
Epilogue: A Developmental Perspective on the Standards Movement.