How Firm a Foundation?: The Early Experience Issue in Developmental Psychology

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(4), 298–299. Reviews the book, Infancy: Its Place in Human Development by Jerome Kagan, Richard B. Kearsley, Philip R. Zelazo, and Cheryl Minton (1978). This book reviews the history of this view of infancy and early childhood, and analyzes the data on which it is ostensibly based. They conclude that the belief derives primarily from cultural values, historical accident, and untested theoretical pronouncements, particularly from psychoanalytic theory. The book should be of interest and value to many professionals dealing with day care or with research and policy decisions on early childhood. The first three chapters in particular would provide the basis for some lively and profitable discussions in graduate developmental seminars and convention cocktail parties. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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