Child Development Principles and Perspectives

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-02-14
  • Publisher: Pearson

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This topically organized book uses a student-friendly writing style, intuitive design, and an active learning system to help students critically explore the many perspectives on child development. Prenatal through Adolescent physical, emotional, and cognitive development Child Development

Author Biography

Joan Littlefield Cook teaches in the Psychology Department at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. As an undergraduate she majored in Psychology at Tennessee Technological University. She earned a Ph.D. in Psychology and Human Development at Vanderbilt University. Over the last 18 years she has taught courses related to child and adolescent development, educational psychology, and cognitive psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Middle Tennessee State University. Her classes have ranged from large lecture courses (with 300 or more students) to small seminars. Students have always appreciated her knowledge of the field and her ability to present information in a way that is useful, motivating, and friendly. In fact, the Student Association at the University of Wisconsin-Madison voted her as one of their most outstanding professors. Joan's research is on mathematical problem solving and cognitive development. She and her colleagues have published paperrs in the Journal of Educational Psychology, Intelligence, Cogition & Instruction, Memory & Cognition, the Gifted Child Quarterly, and the Journal of Experimental Psychology. She has co-authored two other books and numerous instructional materials.


Greg Cook also teaches Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He majored in Psychology at the University of Dayton and later received his Ph.D. in Psychology at Vanderbilt University. For the last 18 years he has taught courses in child development, research methods, statistics, and related topics at Whitewater as well as at the Madison and Richland Center campuses in the University of Wisconsin system and Vanderbilt University. At Whitewater, he received a departmental award for excellence in teaching. Students consistently comment on his ability to present difficult information in a clear and understandable way. His research in cognitive development ahs been published in scholarly journals such as Child Development, Developmental Psychology, and the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. He also collaborated with colleagues in the College of Education on studies published in the Journal of Experimental Education, the Journal of Research & Development in Education, and the Journal of Reading Education.

Table of Contents

Exploring Child Development
Defining The Field
What Develops?
What Drives Development? Nature, and Nurture, and Reciprocal Relationships
Theories Of Child Development
What Is a Theory, and Why Are Theories Useful?
Psychoanalytic Theories
Behavioral and Social Learning Theories
Cognitive Theories
Biological Theories
Contextual and Systems Theories
Using the Scientific Method: Research in Child Development
Descriptive Research Methods
Correlational Research Methods: Measuring Associations
Experimental Research Methods: Determining Cause and Effect
Methods for Assessing Development
Ethics in Research with Children
Applications of Child Development Research and Careers Related to Children
Practical Applications of Child Development Research
Personal Perspective "Meet First-Time Expectant Parents"
Social Policy Perspective: "Every Day in America"
Careers Related to Children
Professional Perspective: "Career Focus: Meet a School Social Worker"
Heredity and the Environmentgenes and Human Reproduction
Genes and the Magical Four-Letter CodeSocial Policy Perspective: "Protecting the Genetic Privacy of Citizens"
Human Reproduction and Cell Division
Personal Perspective: "Meet a Couple Who Used Artificial Insemination "
How Traits and Genetic Abnormalities are Inherited
Dominant Recessive TraitsChromosome Abnormalities
Prenatal Screening and Genetic Testing
Professional Perspective: "Career Focus: Meet a Genetic Counselor"
How Genes and Environments Interact
Range of Reaction
CanalizationNiche-Picking: I Gotta Be Me ...Probabilistic Epigenesis: Activating Your Genes
Behavior Genetics: Measuring the Heritability of Traits
Behavior Genetics, Heritability, and Shared and Nonshared Environments
How Is Heritability Estimated?
Heritability of Complex Characteristics
Prenatal Development and Birthprenatal Development
ConceptionStages of Prenatal Development
Teratogens: Health Risks for the Baby
Personal Perspective: "Meet a Family Who Adopted a Child with FAS"
Cigarette SmokingSocial Policy Perspective: "The Case of Malissa Ann Crawley"
Maternal Health
Maternal AgeCritical Periods
The Role of Fathers
The Process of Birth
Stages of Birth
Options in Giving Birth: Choices and Alternatives
Professional Perspective: "Career Focus: Meet a Certified Nurse Midwife."
Drugs during Labor and Delivery
The Partner's Role: Helping During Birth
Birthing Complications: Something Isn't Right
Here's the Newborn!
Infants At Risk: Prematurity and Infant Mortality
What Is Prematurity?
Infant Mortality
Prenatal Care: Having a Healthy Baby
Becoming A Family: Psychological Adjustments to Having a Newborn
The Transition to ParenthoodBecoming the Big Brother or Sister
Physical Development: Body, Brain, and Perception
Physical Growth and the Development of Motor Coordination
Physical Growth
Reflexes: The Infant's First Coordinated Movements
Voluntary Movements: The Motor Milestones
Professional Perspective: "Career Focus: Meet a Physical Therapist
"Nutrition and Eating-Related Problems
Development of the Brain and Nervous System
Structure of the Brain and Nervous System
Forming the Brain and Nervous System
The Role of Experience in Brain Development
Social Policy Perspective: "Can Mozart Stimulate Neural Connections in Infants?"
Neural Plasticity and Sensitive Periods
Larger Developmental Patterns in the Bra
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