The aim of this section is to provide a setting for the rest of the topic. This is achieved in two ways. Firstly, by historical overviews and evaluations of the debates about the nature of development, which culminate in contemporary interpretations of ontogenetic development. Secondly, by providing the rudiments of an interdisciplinary framework for studying child development and pinpointing the challenges arising from such a framework.
The concept of development: historical perspectives Celia Moore
Understanding ontogenetic development: debates about the nature of the epigenetic process Gilbert Gottlieb What is ontogenetic development? The challenge of interdisciplinarity: metaphors, reductionism, and the practice of interdisciplinary research