Historical Perspectives on Contemporary Research in Social Development

W. Andrew Collins

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

9 Scopus citations
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Childhood Social Development
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)9781405196796
StatePublished - Feb 22 2011


  • Cairns and Cairns's (2006) division of first century of developmental psychology - three periods as useful markers
  • Contemporary research in social development - historical perspectives
  • Ecology of human development, organizing framework - for diverse potential environmental influences
  • Mediational processes in social development - buttressed by "cognitive revolution" in psychology
  • Modern era, recent sea change - in 1960s with renascence of structuralist ideas
  • Orientation to environmental forces - in behavior and development, as psychoanalytic propositions
  • Piaget's theory, and social processes - role of child as an active agent in development
  • Shifts of strategy and method - more apparent than shifts of interest or focal questions
  • Social development research - roots much older, and enduring philosophical traditions
  • Transformations in social development research

Cite this