Psychology is caught in the midst of a paradigm change. Models of multiple, interactive influence have replaced passive, single cause explanations. But they have done so without any popular realization that a properly interactive psychology entails the deconstruction of the traditional forms of cause, nature and nurture, and the adoption of an ecological, dynamic systems view based upon principles of self-organization. This text explains in an accessible way why psychology must change and sets out the principles of the radical alternative; it is intended for advanced undergraduate courses in developmental psychology.
DR KEITH RICHARDSON is Associate Lecturer on the Open University course in Child Development and Senior Lecturer in Education at Whitefield Schools and Centre, London, incorporating liaison with Kingston University on four postgraduate diplomas.