What Is a Developmental Text?

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(7), 568–571. Reviews the books Child Development and Socialization by Jere E. Brophy (1977), Development of the Child by David Elkind and Irving B. Weiner (1978), Developmental Psychology. 2nd ed. by Robert M. Liebert, Rita Wicks Poulos, and Gloria Strauss Marmor (1977), Infants and Children: Their Development and Learning by Mildred C. Robeck (see record 1979-23210-000). In first book author writes intelligibly about difficult concepts and uses examples well. His definition of developmental psychology is among the best we have seen. In the second book authors meet their goal, which is “to present facts and issues rather than attempt to fit them within any single frame of reference.” In the third book authors' aim “is to present a broad but selective survey of what is known about human development” and to “point out and explain the pertinence of developmental psychology to practical human concerns.” Fourth book proposes to “return to basic research for cues about the present needs of children and to make a conceptual leap from there to the real world of teaching and parenting.” (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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