Understand Child Development

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A complete guide to child development from birth to 16 years

 

Assuming no prior knowledge of the subject, this guide takes readers through physical, cognitive, moral, and behavioral aspects of a child’s development. It covers key figures such as Piaget, Freud, and Bowlby as well as looking at the work of more contemporary theorists. Case studies offer practical understanding while illustrations back up key points.

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Overview

A complete guide to child development from birth to 16 years

 

Assuming no prior knowledge of the subject, this guide takes readers through physical, cognitive, moral, and behavioral aspects of a child’s development. It covers key figures such as Piaget, Freud, and Bowlby as well as looking at the work of more contemporary theorists. Case studies offer practical understanding while illustrations back up key points.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781444137996
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 6/19/2012
  • Series: Teach Yourself
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Carolyn Meggitt is a former nurse and midwife.

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Table of Contents

Meet the author ix

1 Introduction to child development 1

What is child development? 1

A holistic approach to studying child development 1

Aspects of child development 2

The contributions of different disciplines to the study of child development 14

Critical periods of development 16

Children's developmental needs 18

The importance of studying child development 21

Methods for studying child development 21

2 The newborn baby: the first weeks of life 27

Life before birth 27

The newborn baby 34

The development of the brain and nervous system 38

Primitive reflexes: movements of the newborn baby 39

Sensory development 43

Normative development in the first month 46

Premature and multiple births: potential effects on development 48

The importance of bonding and attachment 49

How to promote development 50

3 From 1 to 18 months 52

How babies develop from 1 to 18 months 52

Holistic development from 4 to 16 weeks 52

Holistic development from 4 to 6 months 56

Holistic development from 6 to 9 months 59

Holistic development from 9 to 12 months 61

Holistic development from 12 to 18 months 63

How to promote development 65

Common concerns From 74

4 From 18 months to 3 years 79

How children develop from 18 months to 3 years 79

How to promote development 83

Common concerns 87

5 From 3 to 5 years 96

How children develop from 3 to 5 years 96

How to promote development 101

Common concerns 104

6 From 5 to 8 years 110

How children develop from 5 to 8 years 110

How to promote development 116

Common concerns 117

7 From 8 to 12 years 123

How children develop from 8 to 12 years 123

How to promote development 128

Common concerns 132

8 From 12 to 16 years 139

How young people develop from 12 to 16 years 139

How to promote development 144

Common concerns 145

9 Theories and perspectives in child development (1) 152

What is a theory of child development? 152

The nature-nurture debate 153

Biological theories 156

Psychoanalytic theories 158

Behaviourist theories 165

Constructivist theories 171

10 Theories and perspectives in child development (2) 184

Theories of language development 184

Personal, social and emotional development 190

Theories of personality development 199

Theories of the development of moral reasoning 208

Humanistic theory: Maslow's theory of motivation 216

Taking it further 218

Index 221

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