How¿and why¿do humans develop as they do? This book clearly explains the key components of human development theories and describes how to compose novel theories regarding this age-old puzzle.
¿ Succinctly describes the theory-construction process in language free from technical jargon that is accessible to college students or general readers interested in the nature and structure of theories
¿ Identifies the essential components that comprise theories¿scientific explanations¿of the human-development process, allowing readers to see how different thinkers address common concepts in their well-known theories
¿ Offers five new theories built according to the guidelines proposed in the explanation of human development theory components
R. Murray Thomas, PhD, is professor emeritus of educational psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara.