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William Stern: Forerunner of Human Science Child Developmental Thought

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Abstract In this article, it is argued that William Stern was a forerunner of human science thinking in child psychology. Stern’s view of development, though widely neglected even among humanists, is consonant with human science thought on the whole as well as human science child developmental theory. Certain core characteristics of human science psychology are noted with special emphasis on how they relate to the study of child development. Stern’s views are then shown to be illustrative of these characteristics. In addition, various aspects of Stern’s highly humanistic approach to child development are shown to be relevant today.

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