Child Development and Education

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2002-01-01
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
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Child Development and Education is a comprehensive child development text written specifically for educators. Focusing on concepts and principles that are important to developmental theorists and to educational practitioners, this text is uniquely useful to those interested in the educational implications of developmental scholarship.

Unique Features:

Applies Developmental Theory to Classroom Practice: Development and Practice features offer concrete educational strategies for facilitating student development. Observation Guidelines tables help the reader develop skills in observing developmental nuances in children and adolescents.

Showcases Real Students and Their Work: The text extensively illustrates concepts and research with cases about and artifacts from real children and adolescents. Authentic case studies begin and end each chapter. The text also makes frequent use of actual artifacts from children's journals, sketchbooks, and school assignments.

Explores the Core Themes in Development: Every chapter examines ways in which development is the complex product of interacting forces—nature, nurture, and children's own efforts. The authors also spotlight universal developmental trends and areas marked with substantial diversity. Finally, the text analyzes developmental changes for their underlying nature: do they take the form of dramatic qualitative changes, or are they the outcome of many small, trend-like quantitative changes?

Table of Contents

1. Making a Difference in the Lives of Children and Adolescents.
Child and Adolescent Development as a Field of Inquiry. Basic Issues in the Study of Development. Theories of Child and Adolescent Development. General Trends in Children's and Adolescents' Development. From Theory to Practice.

2. Developmental Research with Children and Adolescents.
Common Beliefs about Children and Education. Role of Research in the Study of Development. Key Features of Developmental Research. Data Collection Techniques. Research Designs in the Study of Children and Adolescents. From Research to Practice. Gathering Information in the Classroom.

3. Physical Development.
Nature and Nurture in Physical Development. General Principles of Physical Development. The Brain and Its Development. Physical Development across Childhood and Adolescence. General Issues in Physical Well-Being. Special Physical Needs.

4. Cognitive Development 1: Piaget and Vygotsky.
Piaget's Theory of Cognitive Development. Vygotsky's Theory of Cognitive Development. Comparing Piaget and Vygotsky.

5. Cognitive Development 2: Cognitive Processes.
Information Processing Theory. Development of Metacognition and Cognitive Strategies. Children's Construction of Theories. Neo-Piagetian Approaches to Cognitive Development. Critique of Information Processing, Theory Theory, and Neo-Piagetian Approaches. Exceptionalities in Information Processing.

6. Intelligence.
Defining Intelligence. Theoretical Perspectives of Intelligence. Measuring Intelligence. Hereditary and Environmental Influences on Intelligence. Developmental Trends in IQ Scores. Group Differences in Intelligence. Critique of Current Perspectives on Intelligence. Educational Implications of Theories and Research on Intelligence. Exceptionalities in Intelligence.

7. Language Development.
Theoretical Perspectives of Language Development. Trends in Language Development. Development of a Second Language. Diversity in Language Development. Exceptionalities in Language Development. The Big Picture: How Language Development Fits into the Larger Scheme of Things.

8. Development of Literacy: Reading and Writing.
Theories of Literacy Development. Literacy in the Early Years. Development in Reading. Development in Writing. Developing Literacy in a Second Language. Diversity in Literacy Development. Exceptionalities in Reading and Writing Development. Reading and Writing as Facilitators of Cognitive Development.

9. Personal and Emotional Development.
Early Attachments. Emotional Development. Development of a Sense of Self. A Life-Span Approach to Personal and Emotional Development: Erickson's Theory.

10. Social Understanding and Moral Development.
Social Understanding. Moral Development.

11. Development of Motivation and Self-Regulation.
Behaviorist Perspectives of Motivation. Social Cognitive Perspectives of Motivation. Trait Perspectives of Motivation. Cognitive Perspectives of Motivation. Critiquing Theories of Motivation. Fostering Motivation in the Classroom. Development of Self-Regulation. Effects of the Classroom Environment.

12. Families.
Socialization in the Family. Family Structures. Family Influences on Children. The Other Side of the Coin: Children's Influences on Families. A Look Inside: How Parents Conceptualize Childhood. Educational Partnerships with Families.

13. Interpersonal Relationships.
Development of Interpersonal Behaviors. Peer Relationships. Romantic Relationships and Sexuality.

14. Growing Up in Context.
Culture and Ethnicity. Historical Events. Religious Affiliation. Socionomic Status. Neighborhoods and Communities. The Media.

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