Systemic Person-Oriented Study of Child Development in Early Primary School

by Aaro Toomela (Volume editor)
©2010 Edited Collection XII, 286 Pages

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Child development is a holistic process multiply determined by complex interactions of individual and environmental properties. It is becoming increasingly obvious that child development cannot be understood by common data analysis procedures, where data are aggregated over individuals into some group-level forms, fragmented studies of relationships between a few variables torn out of the context of the whole, and studies that are either cross-sectional or conceptualize development as a quantitative change. This collection of empirical studies aims at understanding child development in early primary school by applying a consistently systemic, person-oriented developmental approach. An immensely complex web of developmental relationships between cognitive and non-cognitive processes in educational settings is emerging in the synthesis of the empirical contributions to this book.


XII, 286
ISBN (Hardcover)
educational psychology child development person-oriented approach
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2010. XII, 286 pp., num. fig. and tables

Biographical notes

Aaro Toomela (Volume editor)

The Editor: Aaro Toomela is Professor of Neuropsychology at Tallinn University (Estonia). His research interests cover all the main fields of psychology – cognitive, developmental, cultural, social, personality, biological, evolutionary, and applied – as well as philosophy, history and methodology of psychology. He has authored scientific papers in all these fields. He is a member of the editorial boards of several journals (including European Journal of School Psychology and Culture and Psychology).


Title: Systemic Person-Oriented Study of Child Development in Early Primary School