Ecologically Strong: Toward a Strengths-Based and Ecologically Valid Developmental Science
This chapter examines long-standing recommendations of and emerging opportunities in ecologically valid and strengths-based developmental science. This chapter discusses issues of both contextualization and politicization, which are argued to be key features of developmental research that advances strengths-based findings and ultimately equitable policy and intervention in educational and developmental practice. This chapter discusses several cases of developmental research with varying degrees of success in contextualization to illustrate how strengths-based commitments for conducting research with nondominant communities can be integrated into the designs, methods, and analytical approaches of empirical studies in developmental psychology. Several practical recommendations for conceptualizing, designing, conducting, and analyzing strengths-based developmental research conclude the chapter.
Diversity and Developmental Science: Bridging the Gaps Between Research, Practice, and Policy
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Coppens, A. D., & Coppinger, E. (2023). Ecologically strong: Toward a strengths-based and ecologically valid developmental science. D. P. Witherspoon & G. L. Stein (Eds.), Diversity and Developmental Science: Bridging the Gaps Between Research, Practice, and Policy (pp. 143-165). Springer Nature. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-23163-6_7