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[Xmca-l] Re: Dynamics of Developmental Change

Thank you, Mike -- and Martin and Sheila!
Good material to think with and a nudge to look again at Barbara Means' baby reports. 
Tangentially, you know those strollers for babies that are reversible -- the reclining baby can be looking toward the person pushing the stroller or with a switch the baby can be looking at the same world the pusher sees?   Maybe different affordances for proto-conversations within one wider culture (don't know of any studies) and possible mini-impacts on developments like smiling?

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Subject: [Xmca-l] Dynamics of Developmental Change

I have been trying to think of a way to more concretely engage David's developmental domainsxstages table. One of David's stage margins is at 3 months and there is ample reason for arguing for the existence a stage shift in development at this time. (My wife and I wrote about it in just this way in our textbook).
However, there is also a lot of interesting, newer, evidence showing the cultural-historical contingency of the changes that underpinned the developmental literature for several decades.

I thought that perhaps this example, since it is pretty well worked out, might help us get at the issues David raised. I believe this work could usefully be related to notions of zopeds, but am not sure.

This rather long fragment is taken from a recent article that Martin and I wrote.


(For this one, not only Boesch but Waddington are apt: The latter having written that every new level of development implies a new, relevant,

It is the dilemma of psychology to deal as a natural science with an object that creates history. Ernst Boesch