Heinz Werner and Developmental Science

Hardcover | December 31, 2004

EditorJaan Valsiner

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Heinz Werner (1890-1964) was one of the three key developmental psychologists of the 20th century - along with Jean Piaget and Lev Vygotsky. This book is a new exploration of Werner's ideas and their social contexts - in Vienna in his student years, in Hamburg up to 1933, followed by the years of transit as an immigrant to America at times of economic depression, finally culminating in his establishment of the prominent "Clark tradition" in American psychology in the 1950s. The book offers an in-depth analysis of Werner's ideas as they were originally formulated in Vienna and Hamburg, and how they were changed by North American influences. Werner's pivotal role between European and American intellectual traditions is illuminated through the use of rich memories of his former students, unique documents from Werner's personal library at Clark, and analyses of links with other European traditions in philosophy and biological sciences. The European period (prior to 1933) in Werner's academic life is found to be definitive for Werner's contributions to science. The ideas developed in his early career continued in the form of a productive empirical research program in the 1950s at Clark. An analysis of the social-intellectual climate of the development of psychology in America in the 1950s is a special feature of this book that will further enhance an understanding of Werner's unique contribution This book will be of interest to developmental psychologists, sociologists and historians of science, philosophers, practitioners working in special education and neuropsychology, and for general readers interested in the history of ideas and life courses of scientists.

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Heinz Werner (1890-1964) was one of the three key developmental psychologists of the 20th century - along with Jean Piaget and Lev Vygotsky. This book is a new exploration of Werner's ideas and their social contexts - in Vienna in his student years, in Hamburg up to 1933, followed by the years of transit as an immigrant to America at t...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:452 pages, 10 × 7.01 × 0.27 inPublished:December 31, 2004Publisher:Springer USLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0306479095

ISBN - 13:9780306479090

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General Introduction: Developmental Science in the making: The role of Heinz WernerJaan ValsinerBasic Life Course: Heinz WernerPart I. THE EUROPEAN ROOTS RE-EXAMINEDChapter 1: The context of the formation of Heinz Werner's ideasUlrich MüllerChapter 2: Heinz Werner and the Psychological Institute in HamburgKurt Kreppner Chapter 3: The making of a developmental psychologist Rene van der VeerPart II. TOPICS IN DEVELOPMENT: WERNER IN NORTH AMERICAChapter 4: Metaphor and perceptionLeonard Cirillo Chapter 5: Re-thinking developmentBernie Kaplan -- in interview with Sunil Bhatia and Ingrid E. JosephsChapter 6: The Sensory-tonic Field Theory of PerceptionSeymour WapnerPart III. THE WORLD AT CLARK: DEVELOPMENT OF THE CONTEXTChapter 7: The Clark Years: Creating a cultureJennifer Lane, Mariola Magovcevic and Becca K. SolomonChapter 8: Heinz Werner: Mentor and MenschThomas MulhollandChapter 9: Werner: Orthogenesis as life styleIrving HurwitzChapter 10: Heinz Werner, My Spiritual Grandfather: A Little Giant with Transparent BlindersSandor BrentChapter 11: Feeling for others: Werner's interpersonal styleRobert Baker Chapter 12: Personal Experiences with Heinz Werner at Clark UniversityArnold MillerChapter 13: Werner RecollectedLeonard CirilloChapter 14: Relating to Dr. Werner: Past and PresentRoger Bibace Part IV. TRANSFORMING WERNER'S HERITAGEChapter 15: The Theory of Phenomenal PsychologyLouis CariniChapter 16: Critical Person-in-Environment Transitions Across the Life SpanSeymour Wapner and Jack DemickChapter 17: The Primate Phylogeny of Cognitive OntogenyJonas LangerChapter 18: Werner's Developmental Thought in the Study of Adult PsychopathologyMarion Glick and Edward ZiglerChapter 19: Heinz Werner: Catalyst for a New Way of Understanding and Treating Children on the Autism Spectrum Arnold MillerGeneral Synthesis: Recurring agendas: Integration of Developmental ScienceJaan Valsiner