Jean Piaget Society 2018



48th Annual Meeting of the Jean Piaget Society

The Dynamics of Development: Process, (Inter-)Action, & Complexity

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 31 May – 2 June, 2018

Organizers: Paul van Geert, David Witherington, & Jan Boom

The question most central to developmental science is also the field's most elusive: How does human development work? In brief, how do new structures, patterns and levels of organization arise in human development? This question of how—targeting as it does the dynamics of development and the means by which development proceeds—is one that classic systems approaches to psychological development (such as Piaget's) began to address in the first decades of the 20th century. For much of the 20th century, however, developmental science routinely sidestepped dynamic questions, as the field grew increasingly reductionist in its orientation. Nonetheless, recent decades have witnessed a steady revival of emphasis on taking the question of dynamics seriously, yielding a focus on the embodied and embedded activity of individuals in time and context. This entails an understanding of how the real-time activities of people arise from the complex, dynamic relations of body, brain, and environment and of how these real-time activities yield developmental-time changes in people's psychological organization. It involves, in other words, a focus on self-organization and emergence, on nonlinearity and variability. The invited program for JPS 2018 will provide a survey of perspectives on how to think about and study the dynamics of development.

  • Paul van Geert (University of Groningen) presenting the Dynamic Systems perspective
  • Karen Adolph (New York University) presenting the Ecological/Gibsonian perspective
  • Mark Bickhard (Lehigh University) presenting the Interactivist perspective
  • Ezequiel Di Paolo (Ikerbasque) presenting the Enactive perspective

Chaired by Thomas Bidell & Michael Mascolo, Ellen Hamaker, Tom Hollenstein, and Jeremy Burman, will cover Dynamic Skills theory, conceptual and methodological grounds for the study of intraindividual variation, and historical considerations relevant to current work in developmental dynamics

The Jean Piaget Society gratefully acknowledges the
contribution of the following program proposal reviewers:
  • Abrahamson, Dor
  • Allen, Jedediah
  • Allen, James
  • Arsenio, William
  • Ayman-Nolley, Saba
  • Bickhard, Mark
  • Boom, Jan
  • Bosacki, Sandra
  • Budwig, Nancy
  • Burman, Jeremy
  • Campione-Barr, Nicole
  • Carpendale, Jeremy
  • Chandler, Michael
  • Conry Murray, Clare
  • Cox, Brian
  • Daiute, Colette
  • Hernandez-Ulloa, Abel
  • Hutchinson, Sarah
  • Jansen, Brenda
  • Kunen, Saskia
  • Lalonde, Christopher
  • Lightfoot, Cynthia
  • Lucić, Luca
  • Mascolo, Michael
  • Maynard, Ashley
  • Moshman, David
  • Müller, Ulrich
  • Nucci, Larry
  • Pufall Jones, Elizabeth
  • Raeff, Catherine
  • Shaw, Leigh
  • Witherington, David
The Jean Piaget Society gratefully acknowledges the
contribution of the following volunteers:
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JPS Officers and Board of Directors


  • President: Colette Daiute
  • Past President: Cynthia Lightfoot
  • Vice President, Meeting Planning: Ashley Maynard
  • Vice President, Program Arrangements & Funding Support: Susan Rivera
  • Vice President, Information Technology: Chris Lalonde
  • Vice President, Communications: Edd Taylor
  • Vice President, Membership: Michael Chandler
  • Treasurer: Tom Bidell

Board of Directors

  • 2018-2021: Jan Boom, Mary Gauvain, Luka Lucić, Ulrich Müller, Anne-Nelly Perret-Clermont Judith Smetana
  • 2015-2018: Tom Bidell, Jeremy Burman (Emerging Scholar), Jeremy Carpendale, Angeline Lillard, Matt Schlesinger, Elliot Turiel
  • 2016-2019: Nancy Budwig, Brian Cox, Caitlin Mahy, Larry Nucci, Tania Stoltz
  • 2017-2020: Lynn Liben, Holly Recchia, Cintia Rodriguez, Barbara Rogoff, Geoffrey Saxe, David Witherington