Developmental Psychology provides student readers with essential help in all aspects of their first course in developmental psychology, including advice on revising exams, preparing and writing course assessment materials, and enhancing and progressing their knowledge and skills in line with course requirements on a developmental psychology course.

History of Developmental Psychology

History of developmental psychology

In any examination or essay you will be expected to know something about where developmental psychology comes from. This may simply be a matter of demonstrating a general understanding or not getting your origins muddled, but you may well be asked to write directly on the history of the discipline.

Understanding something of the history of developmental psychology will be crucial in helping you think like a developmental psychologist.

Key Developments

  • 1882 – Wilhelm Preyer produced The Mind of a Child (translated into English, 1888) which was a rigorous case study of his own daughter's development, including observational records.
  • 1894 – Alfred Binet founded the first scientific journal in this area (L'année Psychologique).
  • 1891 – Stanley Hall founded a further journal – Pedagogical ...
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