Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. General Introduction

    1. Jaan Valsiner
      Pages 1-17
  3. Basic Life Course: Heinz Werner

  4. The European Roots Re-examined

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. René der van Veer
      Pages 75-105
  5. Topics in development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-107
    2. Leonard Cirillo
      Pages 109-119
    3. Bernie Kaplan
      Pages 121-154
    4. Seymour Wapner
      Pages 155-177
  6. The World at Clark

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 179-179
    2. Jennifer M. Lane, Mariola Magovcevic, Becca K. Solomon
      Pages 181-200
    3. Thomas B. Mulholland
      Pages 201-205
    4. Irving Hurwitz
      Pages 207-212
    5. Sandor Brent
      Pages 213-219
    6. Leonard Cirillo
      Pages 229-234
    7. Roger Bibace
      Pages 235-258

About this book


Heinz Werner (1890-1964) was one of the three key developmental psychologists of the 20th century – along with Jean Piaget and Lev Vygotsky. This book is a new exploration of Werner’s ideas and their social contexts – in Vienna in his student years, in Hamburg up to 1933, followed by the years of transit as an immigrant to America at times of economic depression, finally culminating in his establishment of the prominent "Clark tradition" in American psychology in the 1950s. The book offers an in-depth analysis of Werner’s ideas as they were originally formulated in Vienna and Hamburg, and how they were changed by North American influences. Werner’s pivotal role between European and American intellectual traditions is illuminated through the use of rich memories of his former students, unique documents from Werner’s personal library at Clark, and analyses of links with other European traditions in philosophy and biological sciences. The European period (prior to 1933) in Werner’s academic life is found to be definitive for Werner’s contributions to science. The ideas developed in his early career continued in the form of a productive empirical research program in the 1950s at Clark. An analysis of the social-intellectual climate of the development of psychology in America in the 1950s is a special feature of this book that will further enhance an understanding of Werner’s unique contribution

This book will be of interest to developmental psychologists, sociologists and historians of science, philosophers, practitioners working in special education and neuropsychology, and for general readers interested in the history of ideas and life courses of scientists.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Jaan Valsiner
    • 1
  1. 1.Clark UniversityWorcester

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Heinz Werner and Developmental Science
  • Editors Jaan Valsiner
  • Series Title Path in Psychology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York 2005
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science Behavioral Science and Psychology (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-306-47909-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-0-306-48677-7
  • Series ISSN 1574-048X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 439
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics History of Psychology
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