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Re: [xmca] Fwd: NYTimes.com: What Is It About 20-Somethings?

There is some interesting writing on cultural variations in the transition
referred to currently as
emerging adulthood, Steve. Our introductory developmental book published in
1983 had a chapter devoted to sketching out a lifespan developmental
psychology. Unfortunately, that chapter was cut by the publishers because it
made the book too long. Its ripe for the picking, Steve, as you point out.

The version of stage theory Lerner adopts renders culture irrelevant to the
process of development.
It is this aspect of Piagetian theory that evokes the conclusion that
Piaget's is a purely biological process and this aspect of his theory that
energizes many neo-Piagetians as well.

On Sun, Aug 29, 2010 at 5:47 PM, Steve Gabosch <stevegabosch@me.com> wrote:

> My take on Arnett's and other's proposal - that there is "developing adult"
> developmental stage - analogous, as the article describes, to the discovery
> of the developmental stage "adolescence" by Stanley Hall in 1904 - is that
> this is the beginning of extending developmental psychology as a discipline
> into the study of adulthood, which is long overdue.  Here, as in many other
> places, CHAT has marvelous opportunities to shed light.  My own thinking is
> that adults, like children, also have their "stages" of development,
> although not the kind of rigid stages that Richard Lerner describes.  Page
> 8, where Lerner is quoted to counterbalance Arnett, is not a bad place to
> begin the article, for those wanting to browse.  Says Lerner: “The core idea
> of classical stage theory is that all people — underscore ‘all’ — pass
> through a series of qualitatively different periods in an invariant and
> universal sequence in stages that can’t be skipped or reordered ...”   I
> think CHAT can come up with a better way of understanding adult development
> than that ...
> - Steve
> On Aug 29, 2010, at 1:10 PM, mike cole wrote:
>  This article takes up transition to adulthood. Among the things that I
>> found
>> interesting in it was Lerner's position on stages. Reminiscent of Tolman's
>> argument with Lerner in his article. Lerner is the "mr contextualist" of
>> developmental psychology, which really makes his arguments about stages
>> contradictory to me.
>> and you?
>> mike
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