Gollin, Eugene S., ed. Developmental Plasticity: Behavioral and Biological Aspects of Variations in Development. New York: Academic Press, 1981. Excellent coverage of important theoretical issues in modern developmental psychology. Accessible to college or graduate students with some background in psychology or biology. Lerner, Richard M. On the Nature of Human Plasticity. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1984. Insightful discussion of modern theory in developmental psychology and some historic antecedents. Emphasis on biological issues. Accessible to advanced students, graduate students, or professionals.
Miller, Patricia H. Theories of Developmental Psychology. 4th ed. New York: Worth, 2002. Excellent, comprehensive treatment of developmental theory. Describes extant theories in detail and discusses commonalities and dissimilarities. Accessible to the layperson with some background in psychology.
Piaget, Jean. Biology and Knowledge. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1971. This is a seminal summary of Piagetian theory that contains more general information and information concerning theory construction than do Piaget's other, more specific works. Readily accessible to the college student or the advanced high school student. Shaffer, David Reed. Developmental Psychology: Childhood and Adolescence. 6th ed. Belmont, Calif.: Wadsworth, 2001. Good general textbook on developmental psychology with an excellent basic treatment of theoretical issues in development. Accessible to the college or high school student. Siegler, Robert S. Emerging Minds: The Process of Change in Children's Thinking. New York: Oxford University Press, 1996. Proposes a methodology of describing change as children's cognitive processes evolve.
See also: Adolescence: Cognitive Skills; Aging: Cognitive Changes; Attachment and Bonding in Infancy and Childhood; Behaviorism; Cognitive Development: Jean Piaget; Ego Psychology: Erik Erikson; Gender-Identity Formation; Psychosexual Development.
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