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Applied Developmental Systems Science: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Theories, Meta-Theories, Methods, and Interventions but Didn't Realize You Needed to Ask. An Advanced Textbook

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Ellen Skinner, Portland State University

Thomas Kindermann, Portland State University

Robert W. Roeser, Pennsylvania State University

Pub Date: 2015

Publisher: Independent

Language: English

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Reviewed by Amber Raley, Instructor, University of Texas at Arlington on 4/11/17

The text covers the application of systems methodologies to the study of life span developmental psychology in a robust and comprehensive manner. However the inclusion of an index or glossary would assist the student. read more


Table of Contents

  • Section I: Goals of Developmental Science, Theories, and Target Phenomena
  • Section II: Metaphors and Meta-theories in Applied Developmental Science
  • Section III: Systems Meta-theories
  • Section IV: Relational Developmental Systems Meta-theories
  • Section V: Study of Development: Description
  • Section VI: Study of Development: Explanation
  • Section VII: Study of Development: Optimization

About the Book

This textbook provides a toolbox, a guidebook, and an instruction manual for researchers and interventionists who want to conceptualize and study applied problems from a developmental systems perspective, and for those who want to teach their graduate (or advanced undergraduate) students how to do this. It is designed to be useful to practitioners who focus on applied developmental problems, such as improving the important developmental contexts where people live, learn, and work, including the applied professions in education, social work, counseling, health care, community development, and business, all of which at their core are concerned with optimizing the development of their students, clients, patients, workers, citizens, and others whose lives they touch.

About the Contributors


Ellen Skinner, PhD is a Professor of Human Development & Psychology Chair in the Department of Psychology at Portland State University.

Dr. Kindermann has been teaching at Portland State University since 1989.

He received his B.A. in 1976 from the University of Trier (Germany), his M.S. in 1980, also from the University of Trier, and his Ph.D. in 1986 from the Free University Berlin (Germany).

Robert W. Roeser is the Bennett Pierce Professor of Care, Compassion and Human Development at Penn State University. He has a Ph.D. from the Combined Program in Education and Psychology at the University of Michigan (1996) and masters degrees in religion and psychology, developmental psychology and clinical social work.