The Elusive Study of Early Development

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(6), 508–509. Reviews the book, Experience and Environment: Major Influences on the Development of the Young Child, Vol. 2 by Burton L. White, Barbara Taylor Kaban, Jane Attanucci, and Bernice Broyde Shapiro (1978). The goal of the Harvard Preschool Project has been to define what is meant by a “competent” child, to study environments associated with achievement of different levels of competence, and to embody empirically generated hypotheses about favorable child-rearing practices in parent-training programs. About a third of this volume discusses the findings of this project. Together with indexes of cognitive functioning, all the assessments made are examined in an array of correlational analyses and contrasts between group extremes. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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