Life-Span Developmental Psychology: Methodological Contributions

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Behavioral Systems Methodology: Investigating Continuity and Organization in Developmental Interactions

Roger D. Ray Rollins College

Dennis J. Delprato Eastern Michigan University


OVERVIEW

The first part of this chapter briefly overviews major changes in how scientists have approached their subject matter over the years. We make a case that modern science has evolved to an integrated field (or system) perspective and that this perspective calls for unique methodological guidelines. The next part of the chapter addresses major orienting assumptions following from the integrated-field and system perspective that guide behavioral systems methodology, an attempt to meet the unique methodological guidelines of the new perspective. Next we cover the major components of behavioral systems methodology. The final section overviews aspects of a few descriptive analyses that behavioral systems methodology yields.


EVOLUTION AND FOUNDATIONS OF BEHAVIORAL SYSTEMS METHODOLOGY

Integrated-Field Thinking

Several authoritative historical analyses ( Dewey & Bentley, 1949; Einstein & Infeld, 1938; Handy & Harwood, 1973; Kantor, 1946, 1969) agree on three general stages in the evolution of scientific thinking. Thinkers first assumed that natural events act under self-contained powers as a result of the inherent action of hypothetical substances. As noted by Dewey and Bentley

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