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Exemplar Methods and Research: Strategies for Investigation: New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, Number 142

Exemplar Methods and Research: Strategies for Investigation: New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, Number 142

M. Kyle Matsuba (Editor), Pamela Ebstyne King (Editor), Kendall Cotton Bronk (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-118-82814-4 December 2013 Jossey-Bass 96 Pages


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This issue:

  • Defines and describes exemplar research methods
  • Provides the case for their importance in revealing aspects of human functioning and its development, which are often neglected within traditional, mainstream psychology and allied disciplines
  • Gives a glimpse into the growing depth and breadth of exemplar research within and beyond the moral domain
  • Delivers insight into some of the complex contextual issues that emerge when studying human phenomena from this methodological perspective
  • Provides critical commentary to help the reader determine the full value and limits of this research approach.

This is the 142nd volume in this series. Its mission is to provide scientific and scholarly presentations on cutting edge issues and concepts in child and adolescent development. Each volume focuses on a specific new direction or research topic and is edited by experts in that field.

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1. An Introduction to Exemplar Research: A Definition, Rationale, and Conceptual Issues 1
Kendall Cotton Bronk, Pamela Ebstyne King, M. Kyle Matsuba

This opening chapter introduces the reader to exemplar research by highlighting the strength to this methodological approach, raising important conceptual issues when adopting thismethodology, and linking these issues to the subsequent chapters.

2. Why a True Account of Human Development Requires Exemplar Research 13
William Damon, Anne Colby

The authors, trailblazers of the contemporary exemplar method, persuasively argue for an exemplar methodological approach to the study of human development, highlighting the problems that may emerge when researchers neglect this approach.

3. Exemplars’ Moral Behavior Is Self-Regarding 27
Lawrence J. Walker

Professor Walker presents his program of research on moral exemplars revealing important self- and other-promoting moralmotivational sources behind moral behavior and offers a developmental account of how this unfolds.

4. Cultural and Contextual Issues in Exemplar Research 41
Pamela Ebstyne King, Ross A. Oakes Mueller, James Furrow

In this chapter, King and colleagues present some of the methodological complexities in conducting exemplar research in various cultural contexts, and provide valuable insights into what researchers ought to consider before entering the field.

5. The Making of an Environmental Activist: A Developmental Psychological Perspective 59
M. Kyle Matsuba, Michael W. Pratt

Upon reviewing the literature of environmental activists, Matsuba and Pratt offer a developmental psychological account of how environmental activists emerge.

6. Informative and Inspirational Contributions of Exemplar Studies 75
Daniel A. Hart, Theresa Murzyn, Lisa Archibald

Hart and colleagues offer a critical commentary of the preceding chapters, highlighting their strengths, and discuss the general benefits of using exemplar methodologies to better understand human functioning.