One. Historical Perspectives on Contemporary Research in Social Development

  1. Peter K. Smith2 and
  2. Craig H. Hart3
  1. W. Andrew Collins

Published Online: 22 FEB 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444390933.ch1

The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Childhood Social Development, Second Edition

The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Childhood Social Development, Second Edition

How to Cite

Collins, W. A. (2010) Historical Perspectives on Contemporary Research in Social Development, in The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Childhood Social Development, Second Edition (eds P. K. Smith and C. H. Hart), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444390933.ch1

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Goldsmiths, University of London, London, England

  2. 3

    Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, MN, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 22 FEB 2011
  2. Published Print: 3 DEC 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405196796

Online ISBN: 9781444390933

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Keywords:

  • contemporary research in social development - historical perspectives;
  • social development research - roots much older, and enduring philosophical traditions;
  • Cairns and Cairns's (2006) division of first century of developmental psychology - three periods as useful markers;
  • orientation to environmental forces - in behavior and development, as psychoanalytic propositions;
  • modern era, recent sea change - in 1960s with renascence of structuralist ideas;
  • Piaget's theory, and social processes - role of child as an active agent in development;
  • transformations in social development research;
  • mediational processes in social development - buttressed by “cognitive revolution” in psychology;
  • ecology of human development, organizing framework - for diverse potential environmental influences;
  • shifts of strategy and method - more apparent than shifts of interest or focal questions

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Three Eras of Social Development Research

  • What Is Social Development the Development Of? Historical Determinants

  • Transformations in Social Development Research

  • The Search for Method

  • Conclusion

  • Acknowledgments

  • References