Child Development: A Systematic and Empirical Theory - Vol. 1

Child Development: A Systematic and Empirical Theory - Vol. 1

Child Development: A Systematic and Empirical Theory - Vol. 1

Child Development: A Systematic and Empirical Theory - Vol. 1

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It might be said that this volume represents an "extended learning theory" or an "empirical behavior theory" of human psychological development. To a degree, these terms are accurate. However, they have had such varied use in psychological writing that their meanings have become obscured by controversy. In fact, use of these terms no longer insures an accurate statement of the approach, coverage, or subject matter of any theory. Consequently, rather than add to the clutter of meaning attached to these words, we find it better to describe this volume as a systematic and empirical theory of human psychological development from the point of view of natural science. These terms are defined in the Introduction of the text. To the reader who looks upon the approach of natural science as the basic method of knowledge, this treatment will simply be an extension of that approach to the analysis of what is popularly called "child psychology." To the reader who holds a different view of the nature of theory, perhaps this work may offer an example of an alternative approach. And for the reader with no particular outlook on the methodological problem of what constitutes a scientific statement, this volume will at least provide a set of concepts and principles useful in the description and organization of child behavior and development. We would add that this system of concepts also offers a significant degree of explanation.

This volume is written for the college student who is interested . . .

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