Dynamic Process Methodology in the Social and Developmental Sciences

Editors: Valsiner, J., Molenaar, P.C.M., Lyra, M.C.D.P., Chaudhary, N. (Eds.)

  • Covers the whole realm of the social sciences in which the analysis of dynamics of single systems is relevant—mostly in psychology but also in sociology, anthropology, and education
  • Provides new methodology for the study of psychological and educational processes based on individual performance profiles
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Dynamic Process Methodology in the Social and Developmental Sciences

Edited by Jaan Valsiner, Peter C.M. Molenaar, Maria C.D.P. Lyra, and Nandita Chaudhary

 

Reality is dynamic: filled with variables and constantly in flux. So are the physical, psychological, and social processes that make up our lives—so much so, assert the contributors to Dynamic Process Methodology in the Social and Developmental Sciences, that phenomena science often dismisses as "anecdotal" evidence are in fact the valuable record of highly individual dynamic systems.

Informed by dynamic systems theory and the rich history of person-centered therapy, the editors argue that the current emphasis on phenomena as data eliminates unique human context in the name of statistical accuracy, and propose instead an idiopathic re-reading of the social sciences. An international panel of researchers provides historical bases for the study of dynamic phenomena as well as a variety of pertinent applications from daycare centers to political parties, answering bedrock questions about idiographic research (e.g., what constitutes sampling?), and offering scientifically valid methods for extracting evidence from individual cases. Among the topics covered:

  • Systemic knowledge use in medicine and psychology.
  • The ethnography of everyday life.
  • Life histories as sources for knowledge.
  • Qualitative modeling of intra-individual change.
  • Social dynamics in complex family contexts.
  • Dynamic methodology in infancy research.

With its balance of quantitative and qualitative approaches, Dynamic Process Methodology in the Social and Developmental Sciences consolidates a growing, innovative knowledge base particularly suited to the current state of social science, and stands as a forward-looking reference for psychologists, sociologists, anthropologists, and educators.

About the authors

Jaan Valsiner, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology at Clark University, where he has taught since 1997. He was awarded the Alexander von Humboldt Research Prize in Germany in 1995 and is actively involved in FQS: Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung. His general interests are in the cultural organization of mental and affective processes in human development across the life span. He is also interested in psychology’s history as a resource of ideas for contemporary advancement of the discipline, and in theoretical models of human development. Currently his specific research directions include the study of young adults’ self as an autodialogic process. He is the editor of Culture and Psychology, Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science, and From Past to Future. He is also the founding editor of International Journal of Idiographic Science.

Peter Molenaar, Ph.D., is Professor of Human Development at the Pennsylvania State University, where he has taught since 2005. Prior to that, he was Professor of Psychological Methodology, Mathematical Psychology and Psychometrics at the University of Amsterdam. His main interest is in the application of mathematical theories to solve substantive psychological issues.

Maria C.D.P. Lyra, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Psychology at Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil. She received her doctoral degree in developmental psychology from the University of Sao Paulo in 1988. Her areas of research include developmental models of mother-infant communication, emergence of self in infancy, variability in mother-infant communication, and methodological issues in the study of human development.

Nandita Chaudhary, Ph.D. is a Reader in the Department of Child Development, Lady Irwin College, at the University of Delhi. Over the past 20 years, she has been involved with research, teaching, and administration in the area of child and family studies in India. In 1993, she was placed as a Fulbright Scholar in the Department of Psychology at Clark University. She is an active member of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology, the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development, the All-India Women’s Educational Fund Association, and the Indian Association for Preschool Education.

Table of contents (27 chapters)

  • The Unbearable Dynamicity of Psychological Processes: Highlights of the Psychodynamic Theories

    Lauro-Grotto, Rosapia (et al.)

    Pages 1-30

  • Reviving Person-Centered Inquiry in Psychology: Why it's Erstwhile Dormancy?

    Lamiell, James T.

    Pages 31-43

  • How Methodology Became a Toolbox—And How it Escapes from that Box

    Toomela, Aaro

    Pages 45-66

  • The Two Disciplines of Scientific Psychology, or: The Disunity of Psychology as a Working Hypothesis

    Borsboom, Denny (et al.)

    Pages 67-97

  • The Experimental Methodology of Constructive Microgenesis

    Wagoner, Brady

    Pages 99-121

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Dynamic Process Methodology in the Social and Developmental Sciences
Editors
  • Jaan Valsiner
  • Peter C. M. Molenaar
  • Maria C.D.P. Lyra
  • Nandita Chaudhary
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-95922-1
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-95922-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-95921-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4899-8489-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVIII, 668
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