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Developmental Psychology

How Nature and Nurture Interact

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20 December 1999

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Psychology is caught in a conflict of paradigms. We all claim to be interactionists, yet we continue to accept the language and the thinking of traditional dichotomies: nature/nurture, innate/learned, mind/body,...

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Psychology is caught in a conflict of paradigms. We all claim to be interactionists, yet we continue to accept the language and the thinking of traditional dichotomies: nature/nurture, innate/learned, mind/body, organism/environment. This clear and refreshingly-written authoritative text explores these confusions and moves on to offer an alternative view of development, first describing in an accessible way ecological and dynamic systems perspectives and then combining them to provide a more coherent and powerful critique of recent research and major issues.

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Important contribution to developmental theory
Offers an alternative to the traditional nature/nurture split
Complex material presented in a refreshingly straightforward way

Introduction: The Traditional View and its Alternative, A Summary.- Darwinian Dichotomies and Their Dissolution.- Towards the Alternative: Ecological, Dynamic Systems.- Dynamic Systems Theories.- The Ecological Perspective: Gibson's Legacy.- The Creation of Knowledge.- A Sample of the Evidence: Wise Owls, Accurate Ants.- Origins of Knowledge.- Glossary.- References.- Index.
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DR KEITH RICHARDSON is Associate Lecturer on the Open University course in Child Development and Senior Lecturer in Education at Whitefield Schools and Centre, London, incorporating liaison with Kingston University on four postgraduate diplomas.

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DR KEITH RICHARDSON is Associate Lecturer on the Open University course in Child Development and Senior Lecturer in Education at Whitefield Schools and Centre, London, incorporating liaison with Kingston University on four postgraduate diplomas.

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