Developmental Perspectives on Designing for Development

  • Theodore D. Wachs


In analyzing the nature and impact of the built environment one can approach the matter from many perspectives. By perspective I mean an organized set of principles, methods, and facts that help structure one’s approach to specific problems, which help delineate the major questions to be addressed and help make sense of obtained results. Three major perspectives are addressed in this volume: the architectural, the educational, and that of the environmental psychologist. It is the major thesis of this chapter that an additional perspective may also be necessary. To the extent that one is interested in the developmental consequences of the built environment (as is implied by the title of the volume) the principles, methods, and data base used by environmentally oriented developmental researchers (that is, a developmental perspective) must also be considered as potentially relevant.


Environmental Action Developmental Perspective Reactive Covariance Referential Communication Individual Difference Factor 
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  • Theodore D. Wachs
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  1. 1.Department of Psychological SciencesPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA

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