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`This is an impressive work... and will provide the advanced reader with a rich source of theory and evidence. There is a huge amount to be got from the book and I suspect it will become a key work' - J Gavin Bremner, Department of Psychology, Lancaster University The Handbook of Developmental Psychology is a comprehensive, authoritative yet frontier-pushing overview of the study of human development presented in a single-volume format. It is ideal for experienced individuals wishing for an up-to-date survey of the central themes prevalent to developmental psychology, both past and present, and for those seeking a reference work to help appreciate the subject for the first time. The insightful contributions from world-leading developmental psychologists successfully and usefully integrate different perspectives to studying the subject, following a systematic life-span structure, from pre-natal development through to old age in human beings. The Handbook then concludes with a substantive section on the methodological approaches to the study of development, focusing on both qualitative and quantitative techniques. This unique reference work will be hugely influential for anyone needing or wishing for a broad, yet enriched understanding of this fascinating subject. It will be a particularly invaluable resource for academics and researchers in the fields of developmental psychology, education, parenting, cultural and biological psychology and anthropology.

The Role of Language in Human Development
The role of language in human development

Over the last few decades developmental psychologists have made increasing use of the study of language in their attempts to understand development. One finds two major ways language has been viewed in such endeavors: a view of ‘language as method’ and an alternative view of ‘language as mechanism’ (see Budwig, 1999; 2000a; 2000b). The first view of language, quite popular in psychological theorizing, presupposes a representational view of meaning (see Budwig, Wertsch, & Uzgiris, 2000; Reddy, 1993, for review). According to this view language provides a useful method for the researcher; language can be thought of as a powerful tool that assists in better understanding underlying conceptual or social developments. Here the ...

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