Children and Their Development

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  • Edition: 7th
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  • Copyright: 2014-10-27
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Demonstrates how research translates into practice.

Reflecting the way scientists conduct research on children’s development, Children and Their Development is organized topically, showing readers the way researchers actually study the discipline. The book’s unique and effective pedagogy focuses on practice through its accessible writing, modular format, and application-based features. It explores the theory, research, and application of modern child development from conception through adolescence. Author Robert V. Kail is a well-known and respected research in the field of child development.


Children and Their Development can be sold as a standalone, or packaged with  Pearson’s latest technologies: MyPsychLab. 


MyPsychLab is an integral part of the Kail program. Engaging activities and assessment provide a teaching and learning system that help students become scientific thinkers. With MyPsychLab, students can watch videos on psychological research and participate in virtual classic experiments.


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  • Explore Research and Theory: Fundamental developmental issues are used as a foundation for students’ learning of research and theory in child development. Student learn how developmental science draws on many complementary research methods, each of which contributes uniquely to scientific progress.
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Note: this is the standalone book, if you want the book/access card order the ISBN below:


0134081501 / 9780134081502 Children and Their Development Plus NEW MyPsychLab with Pearson eText -- Access Card Package


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0133595684 / 9780133595680 Children and Their Development

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Author Biography

Robert V. Kail is Distinguished Professor of Psychological Sciences at Purdue University. His undergraduate degree is from Ohio Wesleyan University, and his Ph.D. is from the University of Michigan. Kail is editor of Child Development Perspectives and the editor emeritus of Psychological Science. He received the McCandless Young Scientist Award from the American Psychological Association, was named the Distinguished Sesquicentennial Alumnus in Psychology by Ohio Wesleyan University, and is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science. He has also written Scientific Writing for Psychology: Lessons in Clarity and Style. His research focuses on cognitive development during childhood and adolescence. Away from the office, he enjoys photography and working out. His Web site is: http://www2.psych.purdue.edu/~rk/home.html

Table of Contents

In This Section:

I) Brief Table of Contents

II)Detailed Table of Contents


I) Brief Table of Contents


Chapter 1. The Science of Child Development  

Chapter 2. Genetic Bases of Child Development         

Chapter 3. Prenatal Development, Birth, and the Newborn 

Chapter 4. Growth and Health     

Chapter 5. Perceptual and Motor Development          

Chapter 6. Theories of Cognitive Development           

Chapter 7. Cognitive Processes and Academic Skills 

Chapter 8. Intelligence and Individual Differences in Cognition      

Chapter 9. Language and Communication        

Chapter 10. Emotional Development     

Chapter 11. Understanding Self and Others     

Chapter 12. Moral Understanding and Behavior          

Chapter 13. Gender and Development  

Chapter 14. Family Relationships           

Chapter 15. Influences Beyond the Family       

II) Detailed Table of Contents


Chapter 1. The Science of Child Development  

          1.1     Setting The Stage    

          1.2     Foundational Theories Of Child Development

          1.3     Themes In Child-Development Research    

          1.4     Doing Child-Development Research

Chapter 2. Genetic Bases of Child Development         

          2.1     Mechanisms Of Heredity     

          2.2     Heredity, Environment, And Development  

Chapter 3. Prenatal Development, Birth, and the Newborn

          3.1     From Conception To Birth    

          3.2     Influences On Prenatal Development        

          3.3     Happy Birthday!       

          3.4     The Newborn

Chapter 4. Growth and Health     

          4.1     Physical Growth       

          4.2     Challenges To Healthy Growth       

          4.3     The Developing Nervous System    

Chapter 5. Perceptual and Motor Development          

          5.1     Basic Sensory And Perceptual Processes   

          5.2     Complex Perceptual And Attentional Processes     

          5.3     Motor Development  

Chapter 6. Theories of Cognitive Development           

           6.1     Setting The Stage: Piaget’s Theory

          6.2     Modern Theories Of Cognitive Development         

          6.3     Understanding In Core Domains     

Chapter 7. Cognitive Processes and Academic Skills

          7.1     Memory       

          7.2     Problem Solving       

          7.3     Academic Skills        

Chapter 8. Intelligence and Individual Differences in Cognition      

           8.1     What Is Intelligence?

          8.2     Measuring Intelligence        

          8.3     Special Children, Special Needs

Chapter 9. Language and Communication        

          9.1     The Road To Speech

          9.2     Learning The Meanings Of Words   

          9.3     Speaking In Sentences       

          9.4     Using Language To Communicate   

Chapter 10. Emotional Development     

          10.1    Emerging Emotions  

          10.2    Temperament

          10.3    Attachment   

Chapter 11. Understanding Self and Others     

11.1    Who Am I? Self-Concept     

          11.2    Self-Esteem  

          11.3    Understanding Others         


Chapter 12. Moral Understanding and Behavior          

          12.1    Self-Control  

          12.2    Reasoning About Moral Issues       

          12.3    Helping Others         

          12.4    Aggression    

Chapter 13. Gender and Development  

          13.1    Gender Stereotypes

          13.2    Differences Related To Gender      

          13.3    Gender Identity       

          13.4    Gender Roles In Transition  

Chapter 14. Family Relationships           

          14.1    Parenting      

          14.2    The Changing Family

          14.3    Brothers And Sisters

          14.4    Maltreatment: Parent–Child Relationships Gone Awry      

Chapter 15. Influences Beyond the Family       

          15.1    Peers

          15.2    Electronic Media       

             15.3    Institutional Influences        


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