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Portraits of pioneers in developmental psychology

Author: Wade E Pickren; Donald A Dewsbury; Michael Wertheimer
Publisher: New York, NY : Psychology Press, 2012.
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"Utilizing an informal, sometimes humorous style of writing, this book brings to life 16 developmental psychologists who made a significant contribution to their field. Written by noted scholars, each chapter provides a glimpse into the personal and scholarly lives of these innovative "pioneers". Some of the chapters are based on the contributor's personal acquaintance with a pioneer allowing for the introduction of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Portraits of pioneers in developmental psychology.
New York, NY : Psychology Press, 2012
(DLC) 2011034797
(OCoLC)703208920
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Wade E Pickren; Donald A Dewsbury; Michael Wertheimer
ISBN: 9781136653179 1136653171 9780203806135 0203806131
OCLC Number: 795125045
Description: 1 online resource (xxviii, 323 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Arnold Gesell : the maturationist / Fredric Weizmann and Ben Harris --
Florence L. Goodenough : developmental pioneer, innovator, and mentor / Ann Johnson --
Heinz Werner : differentiation theory of development / Jaan Valsiner --
Helena Antipoff : a quest for democracy and human rights with the help of psychological science / Regina Helena de Freitas Campos --
Charlotte Bühler : scientific entrepreneur in developmental, clinical, and humanistic psychology / William R. Woodward --
Jean Piaget : theorist of the child's mind / Bernard C. Beins --
Lev Vygotsky : philologist and defectology, a sociointellectual biography / Anton Yasnitsky --
Louis Barclay Murphy : a pioneer of positivity / Elizabeth Johnston --
Roger Barker : a different kind of developmentalist / M.M. Scott --
Robert W. White : a life in the study of lives / Suzanne C. Ouellette --
Joseph McVicker Hunt : golden age psychologist / Wade E. Pickren --
Sidney W. Bijou : outstanding (and out standing) in his fields / Edward K. Morris --
John Paul Scott : the study of genetics, development, and social behavior / Donald A. Dewsbury --
Eleanor J. Gibson : learning to perceive, perceiving to learn / Herbert L. Pick --
Mamie Phipps Clark : developmental psychologist, starting from strengths --
Lawrence Kohlberg : moral biography, moral pscyhology, and moral pedagogy / John R. Snarey --
Eyes on the prize : psychologists and human development / Wade E. Pickren.
Responsibility: editors, Wade E. Pickren, Donald A. Dewsbury, Michael Wertheimer.

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"Utilizing an informal, sometimes humorous style of writing, this book brings to life 16 developmental psychologists who made a significant contribution to their field. Written by noted scholars, each chapter provides a glimpse into the personal and scholarly lives of these innovative "pioneers". Some of the chapters are based on the contributor's personal acquaintance with a pioneer allowing for the introduction of previously unavailable information. Suggested Readings allow readers to delve deeper into the material and a tabular list of subjects and authors helps instructors supplement their courses in substantive areas of psychology with ease. The introductory essay prepares the reader for a deeper understanding of the contributions of each of the pioneers. Mamie Phipps Clark had a profound impact on the education of American children. Robert W. White pioneered a new approach to the study of persons across the lifespan. Lois Barclay Murphy's perspective on the strengths of developing children foreshadowed later developments in positive psychology. Florence Goodenough pioneered new testing methods for children. John Paul Scott was a pioneer in the field of behavior genetics. The book also highlights the many contributions of European pioneers: Jean Piaget, Charlotte Bühler, Heinz Werner, and Lev Vygotsky. Their contributions were carried forward by J. McVicker Hunt in the U.S. and Helena Antipoff in Brazil. Arnold Gesell's film studies of children's development remain a landmark accomplishment. Lawrence Kohlberg pioneered the study of moral development across the lifespan. Roger Barker's studies on aggression and leadership among children eventually led to the development of ecological psychology. Eleanor "Jackie" Gibson was famous for her work on the "visual cliff" and for her research on perception and development. Finally, Sidney Bijou had a long career delineating ways to improve the lives of children. Pickren's concluding essay draws connections between the pioneers and how they contributed to the advancement of the field. Intended as a supplementary text for undergraduate and/or graduate courses in the history of psychology and/or developmental, child, or lifespan psychology taught in psychology, education, and human development, this engaging book also appeals to those interested in and/or teaching these subject areas. Each of the 7 volumes in the Portraits of Pioneers Series contain different profiles bringing more than 140 of psychology's pioneers to life"--EBL.

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