Developmental Systems Science: Exploring the Application of Systems Science Methods to Developmental Science Questions. Urban, J. B.; Osgood, N.; and Mabry, P. Research in Human Development, 8(1):1–25, January, 2011. ZSCC: 0000057
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Developmental science theorists fully acknowledge the wide array of complex interactions between biology, behavior, and environment that together give rise to development. However, despite this conceptual understanding of development as a system, developmental science has not fully applied analytic methods commensurate with this systems perspective. This paper provides a brief introduction to systems science, an approach to problem-solving that involves the use of methods especially equipped to handle complex relationships and their evolution over time. Moreover, we provide a rationale for why and how these methods can serve the needs of the developmental science research community. A variety of developmental science theories are reviewed and the need for systems science methodologies is demonstrated. This is followed by an abridged primer on systems science terminology and concepts, with specific attention to how these concepts relate to similar concepts in developmental science. Finally, an illustrative example is presented to demonstrate the utility of systems science methodologies. We hope that this article inspires developmental scientists to learn more about systems science methodologies and to begin to use them in their work.
@article{urban_developmental_2011,
	title = {Developmental {Systems} {Science}: {Exploring} the {Application} of {Systems} {Science} {Methods} to {Developmental} {Science} {Questions}},
	volume = {8},
	issn = {1542-7609},
	shorttitle = {Developmental {Systems} {Science}},
	url = {http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15427609.2011.549686},
	doi = {10.1080/15427609.2011.549686},
	abstract = {Developmental science theorists fully acknowledge the wide array of complex interactions between biology, behavior, and environment that together give rise to development. However, despite this conceptual understanding of development as a system, developmental science has not fully applied analytic methods commensurate with this systems perspective. This paper provides a brief introduction to systems science, an approach to problem-solving that involves the use of methods especially equipped to handle complex relationships and their evolution over time. Moreover, we provide a rationale for why and how these methods can serve the needs of the developmental science research community. A variety of developmental science theories are reviewed and the need for systems science methodologies is demonstrated. This is followed by an abridged primer on systems science terminology and concepts, with specific attention to how these concepts relate to similar concepts in developmental science. Finally, an illustrative example is presented to demonstrate the utility of systems science methodologies. We hope that this article inspires developmental scientists to learn more about systems science methodologies and to begin to use them in their work.},
	language = {en},
	number = {1},
	urldate = {2020-06-05},
	journal = {Research in Human Development},
	author = {Urban, Jennifer Brown and Osgood, Nathaniel and Mabry, Patricia},
	month = jan,
	year = {2011},
	note = {ZSCC: 0000057},
	pages = {1--25},
}
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