Developmental Science in the Twenty-First Century: Eschewing Segregated Science and Integrating Cultural and Racial Processes into Research

Gabriela Livas Stein, Charissa S.L. Cheah, Wonjung Oh, Dawn P. Witherspoon

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In this chapter, we situate the need for a book on the intersection of developmental and diversity science with an eye on methods, collaboration, and implications. We first provide an overview of the global demographic shifts in race and ethnicity and its accompanying impact on global perceptions. We then turn to considering how developmental science has attended to issues of diversity with regard to race and ethnicity concluding that, for the most part, developmental science practices color-evasiveness in its approach assuming universality with minimal attention to cultural and racial process (except for at times when samples are described). We highlight theories that can inform the integration of diversity and developmental science and showcase recent developmental scientific work that has integrated cultural and racial processes leading to greater depth of understanding. We conclude by pointing to how chapters in this book can help developmental scientist take a next step in their research and make a commitment to the integration of diversity and developmental science.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDiversity and Developmental Science
Subtitle of host publicationBridging the Gaps Between Research, Practice, and Policy
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9783031231636
ISBN (Print)9783031231629
StatePublished - Jan 1 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Psychology
  • General Medicine

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