• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

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.

Exploring Development
Exploring development

In this Chapter, I consider how different models of development can be tested. My main concern is with the interrelation of research methodology and particular views of development. In other words, I want to consider whether choosing any one method of collecting data presupposes an underlying model of development; and whether the choice of a particular approach constrains the nature of the conclusions that are likely to emerge.

You will probably not be at all surprised to find that these questions are difficult to answer and they are a major concern for philosophers of science. A thought-provoking analysis of the interrelation among philosophy, concepts and methodology in developmental psychology (Overton, 1998) outlines the crux of the problem:

There is little disagreement among scientists, historians ...

  • Loading...
locked icon

Sign in to access this content

Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

  • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
  • Read modern, diverse business cases
  • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles