Understanding Child Development

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  • Edition: 8th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-01-01
  • Publisher: Delmar Cengage Learning
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UNDERSTANDING CHILD DEVELOPMENT, 8/E, 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. The text also offers an opportunity for in-service teachers to evaluate their views of young children and compare their views with those presented in the text. In each section, critical social and cultural factors are related to young children's development; factors relevant to working with children with special needs are integrated throughout. Popular theoretical views of learning are included, as well as information about the importance of play and technology in a young child's learning process. Other areas covered include developmentally appropriate practice, readiness, assessment, the importance of working with children and families from diverse cultures, the development of early stages of reading, and the importance of brain development. Throughout the text, real-life examples and anecdotes bring theory and research to life. TeachSource Video Cases, available on the Premium Website, provide an inside look at real classrooms, teachers, and children at various stages of development.

Table of Contents

The Young Child: Birth Through Age Eight
A Brief Look at the Young Child
Development and Learning Theories
Studying the Young Child
Learning: Birth Through Age Eight
How Learning Takes Place
Learning Through Play
The Adult Role in Learning: General Characteristics
The Adult Role in Learning: Family and Sociocultural Factors
Prenatal And Infancy Periods
Heredity, Environment, and Development
Conception and Prenatal Development
Birth and the First Two Weeks
Infancy: Theory, Environment, and Culture
Infancy: Health, Physical and Motor Development
Infancy: Cognitive Development
Infancy: Affective Development
The Toddler: Developing Toward Independence
The Toddler: Autonomy, Physical and Motor Development
The Toddler: Cognitive Development
The Toddler: Affective Development
Prekindergartners/Kindergartners: Ages Three Through Six
Physical Health, Safety, and Nutrition
Motor Development
The Cognitive System and Concept Development
Oral Language Development and Use
Written Language: Development and Everyday Use
Intelligence and Creativity
The Adult Role in Cognitive Development
The Nature of Affective Development: Theory, Emotion, and Personality
Social Development
The Adult Role in Affective Development
The Primary Child: Growth And Development Ages Six Through Eight
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
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