Prospective Issues in Infancy Research

Prospective Issues in Infancy Research

Prospective Issues in Infancy Research

Prospective Issues in Infancy Research

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Kathleen Bloom Dalhousie University

The chapters in this book are compiled to display three converging qualities that I believe are requisite for students of infancy research: individuality, interdisciplinary thought, and critical evaluation. The chapters in this volume can, therefore, be grouped into the respective three sections, and the purpose of this introduction is to describe the overall intention of each section. The introduction does not provide a synopsis but rather a description of the relationship of each chapter to the development of the novice research investigator. It is my hope that the actual content of each chapter, to which I only allude, combined with the more personal message and example of the authors, will encourage the student's pursuit of what are at this time prospective issues in infancy research.

INDIVIDUALITY

Students of infant behavior must be committed to research that is increasingly responsive to their personal and social nature as investigators. "Commitment to research that is responsible to the personal nature of the investigator" is another way of saying commitment to individuality. I stress individuality because I believe that it is this quality above all that is needed to create comprehensive and cohesive theories from which to derive testable hypotheses. The course of development of the science of infancy depends on the substantive contributions by future scholars to theoretical foundations. Theory building is neither an easy nor an ordinary task, and history and insight suggest to me that the task requires the dedication of unique individuals.

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