Theory Integration versus Theory Selection in Developmental Psychology

  • J. Jacques Vonèche
  • Evelyn Aeschlimann
Part of the Annals of Theoretical Psychology book series (AOTP, volume 10)

Summary

Developmental psychology reflects the theoretical diversity of psychology in general. It may be questioned whether progress in developmental theory building should proceed by integrating various theories (eclecticism) or by providing better empirical tests so that the best theory may be selected and others abandoned. Since developmental psychology deals with individuals qua complex structures of variables under transition, it is likely that integration instead of selection is a good solution to the problem of further theory building. But the question is: does integration mean ‘eclecticism’ or ‘synthesis of opposites’?

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Moral Judgment Mental Imagery Scientific Revolution Jura Mountain British Psychological Society 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Jacques Vonèche
    • 1
  • Evelyn Aeschlimann
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of GenevaGenevaSwitzerland

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