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Ramey, Craig T.; Ramey, Sharon L. – Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2004
Children?s experiences prior to kindergarten entry are correlated with degree of cognitive development and school readiness as measured by standardized assessments of cognitive and linguistic performance. Children from economically poor and undereducated families are at elevated risk for lack of school readiness due to less knowledge and…
Descriptors: Early Intervention, Public Policy, Kindergarten, School Readiness
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Rubin, Kenneth H.; Coplan, Robert J. – Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2004
This commentary outlines the origins, history, and current status of research related to children's social withdrawal and social isolation. Early research related to children's peer relationships is first explored, followed by a discussion of the relative "neglect" of social withdrawal prior to the 1980s. Increased research attention since that…
Descriptors: Withdrawal (Psychology), Social Isolation, Children, Peer Relationship
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Rothbart, Mary K. – Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2004
Historically, developmental psychology has been split into the areas of social development and cognitive development, with the cognitive area most recently dominating the field. Nevertheless, basic questions about development often require more integrative approaches, cutting across social and cognitive areas, while taking advantage of recent…
Descriptors: Developmental Psychology, Cognitive Development, Child Development, Personality Traits
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Turiel, Elliot – Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2004
Psychologists tend to proclaim that their favored theoretical approach is the wave of the future that will replace existing paradigms. Typically, these proclamations, dating back to the early part of the 20th century, include the assertion that the new ideas will be resisted. However, opposing perspectives are often proclaimed to be the wave of…
Descriptors: Psychological Studies, Moral Development, Cultural Pluralism, Theories
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Walker, Lawrence J. – Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2004
This commentary on the psychology of moral development provides a critical analysis of some important theoretical trends and empirical advances marking past progress and also discusses some future prospects for the field. The primary concern is that contemporary moral psychology suffers from a conceptual skew that is evidenced by a theoretical and…
Descriptors: Developmental Psychology, Moral Development, Moral Values, Research Methodology
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