chapter  6
A Constructivist Framework for Understanding Early and Late-Developing Psychological Competencies
ByJacques Montangero
Pages 20

Consistent with psychologists' historical understanding of their discipline as a scientific enterprise, the question of when and at what ages different psychological competencies develop has generally been considered an empirical problem to be decided through an appeal to the results of systematic observation. In this view, the recurring controversies that have accompanied this problem from its inception can be resolved only through methodological refinements leading to more precise and interpretable observational data. However, the fact that several decades of such methodological refinements have not succeeded in resolving such controversies raises doubts about the likelihood of ever doing so through any simple appeal to "the facts . "