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This major new textbook by Jaan Valsiner focuses on the interface between cultural psychology and developmental psychology. Intended for students from undergraduate level upwards, the book provides a wide-ranging overview of the cultural perspective on human development, with illustrations from pre-natal development to adulthood. A key feature is the broad coverage of theoretical and methodological issues which have relevance to this truly interdisciplinary field of enquiry encompassing developmental psychology, cultural anthropology and comparative sociology. The text is organized into five coherent parts: Part 1: Developmental theory and methodology; Part 2: Analysis of environments for human development Part 3:
Chapter 5: 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 ...