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Durham University

School of Education

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Beckmann, J.F. (2015). Commentary - Of quadrants and fish scales: Reflections on new directions in research in child and adolescent development. New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development 2015(147): 127-133.

Author(s) from Durham


In this article, I reflect on how ways of reporting research as well as reviewing and commenting on submitted manuscripts could take new directions to promote progress in the discipline of developmental science. I argue for (a) attitudinal openness toward migratory impulses in relation to Stokes's quadrant model of science, (b) the relinquishment of an unproductive sense of problem ownership in authors, reviewers, and commentators, (c) active attempts to fill intra- and interdisciplinary gaps rather than solely focusing on strengthening existing islets of disciplinary expertise, (d) a strategic diversification of expertise in the selection of reviewers and commentators, (e) adopting a communication style that can be described as deferential transgressions, and (f) promoting attempts for transdisciplinary replications.

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