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ERIC Number: EJ818710
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-0009-3920
In Defense of Change Processes
Adolph, Karen E.; Robinson, Scott R
Child Development, v79 n6 p1648-1653 Nov-Dec 2008
Nativist and constructivist approaches to the study of development share a common emphasis on characterizing beginning and end states in development. This focus has highlighted the question of preservation and transformation--whether core aspects of the adult end state are present in the earliest manifestations during infancy. In contrast, a developmental systems approach emphasizes the process of developmental change. This perspective eschews the notions of objective starting and ending points in a developmental progression and rejects the idea that any particular factor should enjoy a privileged status in explaining developmental change. Using examples from motor development and animal behavior, we show how a developmental systems framework can avoid the pitfalls of the long and contentious debate about continuity versus qualitative change.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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