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Theories of Development: Concepts and Applications (6th Edition)
William Crain provides a solid introductory text to students in his book Theories of Development: Concepts and Applications (6th Edition), ISBN 9780205810468. This resource is directed toward undergraduate as well as graduate courses in Theories of Development, Child Development, and Lifespan Development and serves as a useful resource steeped in research...
William Crain provides a solid introductory text to students in his book Theories of Development: Concepts and Applications (6th Edition), ISBN 9780205810468. This resource is directed toward undergraduate as well as graduate courses in Theories of Development, Child Development, and Lifespan Development and serves as a useful resource steeped in research from renowned experts in the field. 24 theorists are cited in this text with an emphasis on comparing and contrasting their theories on how people develop as individuals. Theories presented focus primarily on the developmental viewpoints established by Rousseau as well as coverage of theories in the environmental and learning foundations. The genius of this book, William Crain, currently serves as a professor of psychology at The City College of New York. He is also social activist serving on the Teaneck, NJ, school board and works for student access to higher education and the protection of nature and animals. Crain strategically organizes Theories of Development: Concepts and Applications (6th Edition) across 18 chapters. Chapter 1 delves into 'Early Theories: Preformationism, Locke, and Rousseau' while chapter 2 presents 'Gesell's Maturational Theory and chapter 3 investigates 'Ethological Theories: Darwin, Lorenz and Tinbergen, and Bowlby and Ainsworth.' Chapter 4 presents students with information on 'Montessori's Educational Philosophy' followed by chapter 5 discussing 'Werner's Organismic and Comparative Theory' and chapter 6 examines 'Piaget's Cognitive-Developmental Theory.' 'Kohlberg's Stages of Moral Development' is the focus of chapter 7 while 'Learning Theory: Pavlov, Watson, and Skinner' is investigated in chapter 8 and 'Bandura's Social Learning Theory' is examined in chapter 9. Chapter 10 delves into 'Vvgotsky's Social-Historical Theory of Cognitive Development' followed by chapter 11 focusing on 'Freud's Psychoanalytic Theory' and chapter 12 looking into 'Erikson and the Eight Stages of Life.' 'Mahler's Separation/Individuation Theory' is the topic of choice in chapter 13 with 'A Case Study in Psychoanalytic Treatment: Bettelheim on Autism' the focus of chapter 14 and 'Schachtel on Childhood Experiences' examined in chapter 15. Chapter 16 tackles 'Jung's Theory of Adulthood' followed by chapter 17 presenting 'Chomsky's Theory of Language Development.' The final chapter in this book is entitled 'Conclusion: Humanistic Psychology and Developmental Theory.
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