Child Development

Child Development

by Macmillan Reference Usa, Neil J. Salkind
     
 
This is a collection of 289 articles on various facets of child development, focusing on topics of interest to and written at a level appropriate for general readers and high school students and above. Overview articles of about 3,000 words look at particular topics such as parenting and child abuse. Introductory articles of about 1,500 words offer briefer discussions

Overview

This is a collection of 289 articles on various facets of child development, focusing on topics of interest to and written at a level appropriate for general readers and high school students and above. Overview articles of about 3,000 words look at particular topics such as parenting and child abuse. Introductory articles of about 1,500 words offer briefer discussions of areas such as day care, home schooling, and friendship. Biographies (about 400 words) review the lives of pioneers in the field of child development. Definitions, about 150 words long, are also included. Each encyclopedia entry is followed by a bibliography. Salkind teaches psychology and research in education at the University of Kansas. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Library Journal
This volume is the first in the publisher's new "Psychology Reference" series, which will offer single-volume overviews of psychological subdisciplines. The intended audience is "anyone who wants to know more about the field of child development," but the book will appeal primarily to nonspecialists. Contributed by professors of psychology and public health, physicians, clinical psychologists, and psychiatrists, and edited by Salkind (educational psychology and research, Univ. of Kansas), the 289 entries cover most of the expected topics cognitive development, day care, delinquency, mental retardation, etc. Short biographies of important developmental psychologists are included, and the appendixes cover a number of government-generated statistical tables and a short list of relevant web sites. The index is adequate. Notably missing are data on research methodology or statistical interpretation. On the whole, because topics only receive the most cursory treatment, the text would not be of much use to patrons in real-world situations. High school and lower-level college students might find the citations featured in each article useful for term-paper writing, but they could probably find similar material in any decent course text. Not a necessary purchase. Mary Ann Hughes, Neill P.L., Pullman, WA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780028656182
Publisher:
Cengage Gale
Publication date:
10/28/2001
Series:
MacMillan Psychology Series
Pages:
600
Product dimensions:
8.66(w) x 11.22(h) x 1.49(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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