Children in perspective: Introduction to the section

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Traces the history of developmental psychology in the US to the beginnings of child welfare groups and institutions for children in the 19th century. The reflective, action-oriented documents of this period led to knowledge-oriented writings about children and to a faint form of methodology for studying them. G. Stanley Hall and many of his contemporaries advocated an evolutionistic view of child development in their writings of the late 19th century. In the 20th century, the child study movement gave way to developmental psychology in the 1950s. While developmental psychology does not necessarily follow classical psychological conceptions of science in its methods of inquiry, it has been reasonably successful. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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