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This book, aimed at advanced undergraduates and postgraduate students in psychology and related areas, provides a guide to the key theories and methods used by researchers. Carefully chosen articles are accompanied by a commentary from the author that helps students to understand the rationale for a study, the choice of design and assessment measures, use of statistics, and the interpretation of results. A wide range of recent research papers is included to cover observational and experimental methods from infancy to adolescence.

The Nature of Development
The nature of development

The aim of this book is to explore different ways of thinking about and studying children's development. As in any other science, research in developmental psychology aims both to describe and explain the phenomena under investigation: the particular aim of developmental psychology is to describe and explain developmental change.

It is worth taking a moment to clarify the special nature of developmental change. Change occurs all the time and at many different levels, and it can be both positive and negative. Change in a positive direction, that is towards greater accuracy and better organisation, is regarded as being ‘development’. So, in speaking of developmental change, I am talking about change that can be seen as part of the process ...

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