Synopses & Reviews
What is the unique mission of developmental psychology? How has it evolved historically? What are its current challenges? The chapters in this collection present the view that research, history and policy are essential and interlocking components of a mature developmental psychology. In sharp contrast with the view that science is value-neutral, developmental psychologists have from the outset pursued the betterment of children and families through educational, childcare and health initiatives.
This book presents state-of-the-art chapters written by leading scholars and policy analysts on topics of broad interest: child care, welfare reform, education, learning environments, child health, and cross-cultural studies. The book's unique emphasis is on connections between research, history, and policy. Most psychology books focus on only one of these components. Viewing developmental psychology in its historical context, we see that research and policies involving children are intimately intertwined.
About the Author
David B. Pillemer is the Dr. Samuel E. Paul Professor of Developmental Psychology at the University of New Hampshire. His research specialty is authobiographical memory across the life span. He has studied memory development in children, memories of adolescence, 'flashbulb' memories of momentous events and memories of educational experiences.Sheldon White is John Lindsey Professor of Psychology Emeritus at Harvard University. A developmental psychologist, he has done research on children's learning, attention, and memory. He has chaired committees concerned with the development of a research program for Head Start. He also has been chair of the Board on Children and Families of the National Research Council.
Table of Contents
Preface; Introduction: what kind of science is developmental psychology? Sheldon H. White and David B. Pillemer; Part I. The Developing Child: Global and Historical Perspectives: 1. The globalization of developmental psychology Charles M. Super; 2. A socio-historical perspective on autobiographical memory development Michelle D. Leichtman and Qi Wang; 3. Toward a better story of psychology: Sheldon White's contributions to the history of psychology, a personal perspective William McKinley Runyan; Part II. Designing Child and Family Policies: 4. The effects of welfare reform and poverty policies on children and families Aletha C. Huston; 5. The disconnect between research and policy on child care Deborah Phillips and Kathleen McCartney; 6. Child development and child care policy: modest impacts Ron Haskins; Part III. Designing Child Health Policies: 7. Developmental epidemiology: the role of developmental psychology for Public Health in the 21st century Stephen L. Buka; 8. Ignoring behavioral science: practices and perils Lewis P. Lipsitt; Part IV. Designing Effective Learning Environments for Children and Adolescents: 9. A cultural/historical view of schooling in human development Barbara Rogoff, Maricela Correa-Chavez and Marta Navichoc Cotuc; 10. The rise of the American Nursery School: laboratory for a science of child development Barbara Beatty; 11. Actualizing potentials: learning through psychology's recurrent crises Michael Cole and Jaan Valsiner; 12. The rise of a right-wing culture in German youth: the effects of social transformation, identity construction, and context Wolfgang Edelstein; 13. Learning potential assessment: where is the paradigm shift? Alex Kozulin; 14. Teaching as a natural cognitive ability: implications for classroom practice and teacher education Sidney Strauss.