Creating Human Development Theories: A Guide for the Social Sciences and Humanities, 1st Edition

  • R. Murray Thomas University of California, Santa Barbara, Emeritus
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  • ISBN-10: 1440831696
  • ISBN-13: 9781440831690
  • DDC: 155
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • 240 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2014 | Published/Released April 2015
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2014

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As college students progress through bachelor's degree programs and then advance to their master's degree theses and doctoral dissertations, they are bombarded with studies of countless theories, often adopting some author's theory for interpreting information about human development, even when the theory does not precisely meet their needs. One way to solve the problem-a way especially tuned to the current classroom push for creative, critical thinking-is for the student to create his or her own theory. Unfortunately, even students as high as the doctoral level often don't understand how to create a well-ordered, workable theory of their own-a crucial gap in their "critical thinking" skillsets. This book is the solution to that specific problem. In these pages, in clear and detailed steps, is a complete explanation for developing a theory. The book addresses key topics such as attention to need, population, basic assumptions, key terms, causes and stages, interpreting evidence, and applications. Author R. Murray Thomas-a well-known and highly respected elder in the social sciences-also details five illustrative theories, covering their history and providing insights about how they were developed. This work will be valuable to students of psychology, human development, child development, and theory as well as those in other disciplines seeking an understanding of theory building.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: The Nature of the Book.
2: An Architectural Plan for Building Theories.
3: The Need, the Domain, the Population.
4: Basic Assumptions and KeyTerms.
5: Causes and Stages of Development.
6: Evidence and Proof.
7: Interpreting Evidence.
8: Theory Applications.
9: Five Illustrative Theories.
10: Manual Dexterity.
11: Anger-Expression Control.
12: Guilt and Pride.
13: Reverence.
14: Interethnic Social Exchanges: Willingness and Style.
Name Index.
Subject Index.
About the Author.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

R. Murray Thomas

R. Murray Thomas taught for 32 years, before retiring in 1991. He is the author of over 300 publications and has published 48 books. His research interests include moral development, folk psychologists, and international education.