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The Nature-Nurture Debates
Bridging the Gap

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  • Date Published: July 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521148795
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  • How is it possible that in more than one hundred years, the nature-nurture debate has not come to a satisfactory resolution? The problem, Dale Goldhaber argues, lies not with the proposed answers, but with the question itself. In The Nature-Nurture Debates, Goldhaber reviews the four major perspectives on the issue – behavior genetics, environment, evolutionary psychology, and developmental systems theory – and shows that the classic, reductionist strategies (behavior genetics and environmental approaches) are incapable of resolving the issue because they each offer a false perspective on the process of human development. It is only through a synthesis of the two holistic perspectives of evolutionary psychology and developmental systems theory that we will be able to understand the nature of human behavior.

    • The most comprehensive treatment of the nature-nurture topic available
    • Offers a synthesis of the two holistic perspectives, evolutionary psychology and developmental systems theory
    • Explains why reductionist approaches have never been able to resolve the issue from either the nature or nurture perspective
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...offers an excellent historical introduction to the debates and as such deserves a wide readership among biologists and psychologists alike."
    --Johan J. Bolhuis, Utrecht University, SCIENCE

    "...successfully argues that a synthesis of the two holistic perspectives is necessary in order to understand the nature of human behavior and thereby finally resolve the debate.... Highly recommended..."
    --R.B. Stewart Jr., Oakland University, CHOICE

    "...this book provides a useful review of the history of thought about the different influences on human development that might well provide the basis for an interesting undergraduate course..."
    --Dr. Susan E. F. Chipman, PsycCRITIQUES

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    06th Aug 2013 by VacitySanawa7471

    Educational Psychology and Human Development in the early stages of life

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521148795
    • length: 188 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.32kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Issues and questions
    2. A brief history lesson
    3. The proxy debate: a primer on methodology and analysis
    4. A classic debate
    5. A new debate
    6. So what?
    7. Now what?

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Cognitive Development
    • Developmental Psychology
    • Topical Seminar in Dev Psych
    • Topical Seminar in Developmental Psychology
  • Author

    Dale Goldhaber, University of Vermont
    Dale Goldhaber is Associate Professor Emeritus at the University of Vermont. In 2010, he received the John Dewey Award for Excellence in Teaching from the College of Education and Social Services. Professor Goldhaber is the author of Theories of Human Development: Integrative Perspectives and Life-Span Human Development in addition to numerous articles related to human development and early childhood education.

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