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Theoretical Bases of Developmental and Cultural Psychology
Theoretical bases of developmental and cultural psychology

Theories are the central focus of any science. Most of the theories may be proved wrong, or abandoned, in the course of time, yet during their use they give direction to the empirical research efforts of scientists. As was clear in the previous chapter, the developmental perspective is rooted in embryology - the science of development of the embryo. It was begun by Karl Ernst von Baer in 1828. Embryology is a central part of developmental biology. The generic ‘orthogenetic principle’ of Heinz Werner and Bernard Kaplan (presented in Chapter 2) is a twentieth century synthesis of the embryological thought of the nineteenth century.

A number of seminal thinkers have played a role ...

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