Blackwell Handbook of Early Childhood Development / Edition 1

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Overview

This Handbook presents a comprehensive summary of research into child development from age two to seven. Comprising thirty contributions from both established scholars and emerging leaders in the field, it addresses some of the most compelling questions about early experience, such as how important early brain development is, and whether parents matter.

The volume covers the full range of research in developmental psychology including: conceptual frameworks; biological and physiological development; cognitive development; language and literacy development; and social, emotional, and regulatory development. It also considers the applications of psychology to the care and education of young children, treating issues such as poverty, family systems, orphanages, media, and the transition to school. The Handbook will be a valuable resource for students and scholars across a range of disciplines, as well as for practitioners working with young children.

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"The astute editors and leading scholars have produced the best single overview of the exploding field of early childhood development, covering both old and new pressing issues in this burgeoning field. Must reading for both basic and applied workers, as well as scholars working at the intersect of knowledge and policy construction."
Edward Zigler, The Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy

"This is a comprehensive and authoritative review of the field of early childhood research, covering the basic scientific and key policy issues, with contributions from the leading researchers. It will be an essential reference for anyone interested in the exciting early development of children, with the breadth, depth and clarity of its coverage."
Judy Dunn, Professor of Developmental Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry, London

"Kathleen McCartney and Deborah Phillips have recruited many of the top names in the field of early child development to provide timely and informative reviews of a very fast-moving field. This handbook will be obligatory reading for researchers and practitioners alike. Whether you are looking for a conceptual framework, the latest empirical findings in key domains such as the development of cognition, language and emotion, or the implications for policy, this book should serve as a first point of reference."
Paul L. Harris, Harvard University

"This book simply redefines "comprehensive"! It is truly interactive in that it constantly elicits the reader's input by raising and/or addressing issues that reach far beyond the printed page."
Toni Brennan, University of Surrey

“The assembling of a large number of qualified experts to write short, clear summaries of their areas is an impressive achievement, and the context and policy sections go beyond expectations … making it valuable even to scholars already knowledgeable in the field.”
Marie-Pierre M. Gosselin and David R. Foreman, Canadian Psychology

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Meet the Author

Kathleen McCartney is Gerald S. Lesser Professor of Early Childhood Development at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Deborah Phillips is Professor of Psychology at Georgetown University.

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Table of Contents

1 Nature and nurture in early childhood 3
2 Vulnerability and resilience in early child development 22
3 Family influences on early development : integrating the science of normative development, risk and disability, and intervention 44
4 Developmental pathways and intersections among domains of development 62
5 Early brain development and plasticity 85
6 Social regulation of stress in early child development 106
7 Temperament 126
8 Early conceptual development 149
9 Executive functions in developing children : current conceptualizations and questions for the future 167
10 Developing social understanding in a social context 188
11 Mathematical thinking and learning 208
12 Language experience and language milestones during early childhood 233
13 How children learn language : a focus on resilience 252
14 What counts as literacy in early childhood? 274
15 Getting along with others : social competence in early childhood 297
16 Feeling and understanding : early emotional development 317
17 Temperament, attention, and the development of self-regulation 338
18 Maladjustment in preschool children : a developmental psychopathology perspective 358
19 Family systems 381
20 Poverty during early childhood 399
21 Orphanages as a developmental context for early childhood 424
22 Peer relationships in early childhood 455
23 Child care and early development 471
24 The social ecology of the transition to school : classrooms, families, and children 490
25 Media and early development 508
26 Evaluating early childhood assessments : a differential analysis 533
27 Head start : what do we know about its effectiveness? : what do we need to know? 550
28 Early childhood policy : a comparative perspective 576
29 Promoting social competence in early childhood : classroom curricula and social skills coaching programs 595
30 Treatment and prevention of conduct problems : parent training interventions for young children (2-7 years old) 616
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