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Theories of Development

The result of extensive scholarship and consultation with leading scholars, this classic 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. New to this Edition: * Research and citations have been updated throughout. * Expansion of the chapter on ethology, reflecting the author's growing conviction that the study of animal behavior casts considerable light on human development. * Several chapters give greater attention to children's play. In addition, the chapter on Vygotsky adds a description of the popular, play-oriented Tools of the Mind education program, and the chapter on ethology concludes with a discussion of the question, "Is the young child's urge to play innate?" * Knowing that students want to discuss moral and philosophical issues as fully as possible, the 6th edition includes Kohlberg's speculations about the possibility of a seventh stage of spiritual development.
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Table of Contents

1. Early Theories: Preformationism, Locke, and Rousseau 2. Gesell's Maturational Theory 3. Ethological Theories: Darwin, Lorenz, 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.

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.

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