Life-Span Developmental Systems: Meta-theory, Methodology and the Study of Applied Problems

1st Edition

Ellen A. Skinner, Thomas Kindermann, Andrew Mashburn

May 10, 2019 Forthcoming
Textbook - 450 Pages - 12 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138316652 - CAT# K391369

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Everything you always wanted to know about theories, meta-theories, methods, and interventions but didn't realize you needed to ask

This innovative textbook takes advanced undergraduate and graduate students "behind the curtain" of standard developmental science, so they can begin to appreciate the generative value and methodological challenges of a lifespan developmental systems perspective.

With the aid of extensive online supplementary materials, it envisions applied developmental science as focused on ways to use knowledge about human development to help solve societal problems in real-life contexts, and considers applied developmental research as purpose-driven, field-based, community-engaged, and oriented toward efforts to optimize development. Based on the authors’ teaching for over 25 years, this text is designed to help researchers and their students intentionally create a cooperative learning community, full of arguments, doubts, and insights, that can facilitate their own internal paradigm shifts, one student at a time.

Students of developmental psychology as well as students in other psychological sub-disciplines (such as industrial-organizational, social, and community psychology), and applied professions that rely on developmental training (such as education, social work, counseling, nursing, health care, and business) will find this to be an invaluable guidebook and toolbox for conceptualizing and studying applied problems from a lifespan developmental systems perspective.


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