Understanding Child Development

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  • Edition: 7th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-04-11
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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Understanding Child Development, 7e is a book designed for students in early childhood teacher preparation programs, and for teacher?s in-service and those in related in-service and preparation programs. It is now available in the seventh edition, and includes many new features and benefits. For students, it introduces the unique qualities of the young child as distinguished from older children, and demonstrates how to work with young children in ways that correspond with their individual developmental level and social and cultural environment. For in-service teachers, the book offers an opportunity to evaluate their views of young children and compare them with the views presented in the book. In each section, critical social and cultural factors are related to young children?s development, and factors relevant to working with children with special needs are integrated throughout. Other areas covered include developmentally appropriate practice, readiness, assessment, working with children and families from diverse cultures, development of early stages of reading, the importance of brain development, and play and learning. Content is connected directly to the importance of play and technology to a young child?s learning is included, along with the popular theoretical views of learning. Many real life examples and anecdotes are included in the book in order to make theory and research come alive. The book is organized in larger sections with chapter divisions that provide the reader with easily digested segments of material. Each chapter includes boxed problems for reflection and for further learning, as well as further activities, reference lists, and review questions at the end of each chapter. The book includes many examples, explanatory charts, and full color photographs, and the online resources are expanded.

Table of Contents

A Brief Look at the Young Child
Development and Learning Theories
Studying the Young Child
How Learning Takes Place
Learning Through Play
The Adult Role in Learning: General Characteristics
The Adult Role in Learning: Family and Social/Cultural Factors
Conception and Prenatal Development
Heredity, Environment, and Development
Birth and the First Two Weeks
Infancy: Theory, Environment, and Culture
Infancy: Physical and Motor Development
Infancy: Affective Development
Infancy: Cognitive Development
The Toddler: Autonomy, Physical and Motor Development Chapter 16: The Toddler: Affective Development
The Toddler: Cognitive Development
Physical Health, Safety, and Nutrition (Ages Three to Six)
Motor Development (Ages Three to Six)
The Cognitive System and Concept Development (Ages three to Six)
Oral Language Development and Use (Ages Three to Six)
Written Language: Development and Everyday Use (Ages Three to Six)
Intelligence and Creativity
The Adult Role in Cognitive Development
The Nature of Affective Development
Emotional, Personality, and Social Development (Ages Three to Six) Chapter 27: The Adult Role in Affective Development
Preschool to Primary: Bridging the Gap
The Primary Child: Physical and Motor Development
The Primary Child: Affective Development
The Primary Child: Cognitive Development and Schooling
A Look At the Whole Child
Action for Children
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