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Overview

Berk's Child Development has been the standard for twenty years. Now, this twentieth-anniversary edition builds on its long and successful history with the most cutting-edge research, pedagogy, and supplements package available! Laura Berk has taught thousands of students with diverse majors, future goals, interests, and needs. Her work is continually at the forefront of changes in the field. The eighth edition includes the most up-to-date scholarship while retaining all of the hallmark features for which Laura Berk's texts are known - unique story-telling, practical applications, meticulous research, and much more!
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Berk (psychology, Illinois State U.) enters the textbook fray with a book for undergraduates--both majors and others. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Five sections and 15 chapters cover theory and research in child development; cognitive and language development; personality and social development; and the foundations and contexts of development. The author includes both classic and current theory and research, emphasizing how the research process helps solve real-world problems; commonalities and differences among ethnic groups and cultures; and policy issues that have a crucial bearing on the well-being of children in today's world. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205449132
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/29/2005
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 784
  • Product dimensions: 8.44 (w) x 11.08 (h) x 1.21 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura E. Berk is a distinguished professor of psychology at Illinois State University, where she has taught child and human development to both undergraduate and graduate students for more than three decades. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and her master’s and doctoral degrees in child development and educational psychology from the University of Chicago. She has been a visiting scholar at Cornell University, UCLA, Stanford University, and the University of South Australia.

Berk has published widely on the effects of school environments on children’s development, the development of private speech, and recently, the role of make-believe play in development. Her research has been funded by the U.S. Office of Education and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. It has appeared in many prominent journals, including Child Development, Developmental Psychology, Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, Development and Psychopathology, and Early Childhood Research Quarterly. Her empirical studies have attracted the attention of the general public, leading to contributions to Psychology Today and Scientific American. She has also been featured on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition and in Parents Magazine, Wondertime, and Reader’s Digest.

Berk has served as research editor of Young Children and consulting editor of Early Childhood Research Quarterly. Currently, she is associate editor of the Journal of Cognitive Education and Psychology. She is a frequent contributor to edited volumes on early childhood development, having recently authored chapters on the importance of parenting, on make-believe play and self-regulation, and on the kindergarten child. She has also written the chapter on development for The Many Faces of Psychological Research in the Twenty-First Century (Society for the Teaching of Psychology), the article on social development for The Child: An Encyclopedic Companion, the article on Vygotsky for the Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science, and the chapter on storytelling as a teaching strategy for Voices of Experience: Memorable Talks from the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology (Association for Psychological Science).

Berk’s books include Private Speech: From Social Interaction to Self-Regulation, Scaffolding Children’s Learning: Vygotsky and Early Childhood Education, Landscapes of Development: An Anthology of Readings, and A Mandate for Playful Learning in Preschool: Presenting the Evidence. In addition to Child Development, she is author of the best-selling texts Infants, Children, and Adolescents and Development Through the Lifespan, published by Pearson. Her book for parents and teachers is Awakening Children’s Minds: How Parents and Teachers Can Make a Difference.

Berk is active in work for children’s causes. In addition to service in her home community, she is a member of the national board of directors and chair of the Chicago advisory board of Jumpstart, a nonprofit organization that provides intensive literacy intervention to thousands of low-income preschoolers across the United States, using college and university students as interveners. Berk is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, Division, 7: Developmental Psychology.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Theory and Research in Child Development 2

1 History, Theory, and Applied Directions 2

2 Research Strategies 40

Pt. II Foundations of Development 70

3 Biological Foundations, Prenatal Development, and Birth 70

4 Infancy: Early Learning, Motor Skills, and Perceptual Capacities 126

5 Physical Growth 172

Pt. III Cognitive and Language Development 222

6 Cognitive Development: Piagetian, Core Knowledge, and Vygotskian Perspectives 222

7 Cognitive Development: An Information-Processing Perspective 274

8 Intelligence 316

9 Language Development 356

Pt. IV Personality and Social Development 398

10 Emotional Development 398

11 Self and Social Understanding 442

12 Moral Development 480

13 Development of Sex Differences and Gender Roles 524

Pt. V Contexts for Development 562

14 The Family 562

15 Peers, Media, and Schooling 602

Glossary

References

Name Index

Subject Index

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