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Developmental Methodology in Cultural Developmental Psychology
Developmental methodology in cultural developmental psychology

25 years ago when I became involved in the training of American students in experimental psychology, I got rather apprehensive at finding that students were frequently taught that there was only one acceptable way of conduct in the laboratory; there has to be set up rigidly a hypothesis, or a set of hypotheses, and the main job of the experimenter was to prove or disprove the hypothesis. What is missed here is the function of the scientist as a discoverer and explorer of unknown lands rather than only as a deductive methodologist. Hypotheses, to be sure, are essential intellectual elements of inquiry, but they are so, not as rigid propositions, but as flexible parts ...

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