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The Developmental Approach
The developmental approach

The philosophical bases outlined in Chapter 1 set the stage for a look at the developmental perspective in science. This perspective is shared by developmental biology and psychology, and could be equally viable if disciplines like developmental cultural anthropology or developmental sociology existed. It is an interesting feature of the history of the social sciences that they do not - and probably the existence of developmental psychology within psychology is a coincidence. It is often the case that the term ‘developmental’ in psychology is used as a synonym for child psychology. Yet child psychology need not be developmental in its orientation. For example, the study of infants, or adolescents, can be devoted to their ways of being - their existing ...

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