The logic of interpreting evidence of developmental ordering: Strong inference and categorical measures

Citation
Ja. Dixon et Cf. Moore, The logic of interpreting evidence of developmental ordering: Strong inference and categorical measures, DEVEL PSYCH, 36(6), 2000, pp. 826-834
Citations number
51
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Psycology
Journal title
DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
ISSN journal
0012-1649 → ACNP
Volume
36
Issue
6
Year of publication
2000
Pages
826 - 834
Database
ISI
SICI code
0012-1649(200011)36:6<826:TLOIEO>2.0.ZU;2-L
Abstract
Developmental ordering is a fundamental prediction of developmental theorie s and a central issue in developmental research. However, logically sound e vidence of developmental ordering is difficult to obtain. This article anal yzes the logical basis of testing developmental order hypotheses with categ orical measures. Depending on whether saltatory (i.e., discrete) or continu ous developmental changes are being assessed, the observed relationship bet ween categorical measures yields very different types of information about developmental ordering. When change is continuous, the relationship between the measures does not confirm any one ordering hypothesis, bur rather, dis confirms one or more hypotheses. Whether an underlying variable undergoes s altatory or continuous development has long been recognized as an important theoretical issue, but its impact on the interpretation of developmental o rdering has not previously been explicated.