Methodological Thinking in Psychology: 60 Years Gone Astray?

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Aaro Toomela, Jaan Valsiner
IAP, 2010 - Psychology - 345 pages
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A volume in Advances in Cultural Psychology Series Editor: Jaan Valsiner, Clark University In recent years an increasing dissatisfaction with methods and thinking in psychology as a science can be observed. The discipline is operating under the tension between the traditional quantitative and the new qualitative methodologies. New approaches emerge in different fields of psychology and education-each of them trying to go beyond limitations of the mainstream. These new approaches, however, tend to be "historically blind" - seemingly novel ideas have actually been common in some period in the history of psychology. Knowledge of historical trends in that context becomes crucial because analysis of historical changes in psychology is informative regarding the potential of "new/old and forgotten" approaches in the study of psyche. Some approaches in psychology disappeared due to inherent limitations of them; the others disappeared due to purely non-scientific reasons. And some new approaches were rejected long ago for well-justified scientific reasons. This book brings together contributions from leading scholars in different fields of psychology - cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, cultural psychology, methodology of psychology. Each of the contributors discusses methodological issues that were more thoroughly understood more than half a century ago than they are now. Overall, the contributions support the idea that in important ways 60 years old psychology was far ahead of the most recent trends in mainstream psychology.
 

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MODERN MAINSTREAM PSYCHOLOGY IS THE BEST? Noncumulative Historically Blind Fragmented Atheoretical
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QUESTIONS PATTERNS AND EXPLANATIONS NOT HYPOTHESIS TESTING IS THE CORE OF PSYCHOLOGY AS OF ANY SCIENCE
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THE QUANTITYQUALITY INTERCHANGE A Blind Spot on the Highway of Science
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STUDYING THE MOVEMENT OF THOUGHT
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UNDERSTANDING A PERSONALITY AS A WHOLE Transcending the AngloAmerican Methods Focus and Continental European Holism Throug...
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METAPHORS IN PSYCHOLOGICAL CONCEPTUALIZATION AND EXPLANATION
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REMEMBERING METHODOLOGY Experimenting with Bartlett
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REFLECTIONS ON SOME NEGLECTED IDEAS ABOUT PSYCHOLOGICAL MEASUREMENT FROM THE PERSONALISTIC PERSPECTIVE O...
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QUALITATIVE DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
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THE ROLE OF OBSERVATIONAL METHODOLOGY AND THE APPLICATION OF FILM IN EARLY AMERICAN AND EUROPEAN DEVELO...
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WHAT WOULD BE GUSTAV THEODOR FECHNER LEGACY FOR PSYCHOLOGY IN THE 21 ST CENTURY?
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FORGOTTEN METHODOLOGY VYGOTSKYS CASE1
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VYGOTSKYS METHODOLOGICAL APPROACH A Blueprint for the Future of Psychology
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GENERAL CONCLUSION Have Sixty Years Really Gone Astray? Back to the Future
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CONTRIBUTORS
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AARO TOOMELA is Visiting Professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Tartu in Estonia.

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