Understanding Child Development / Edition 9

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UNDERSTANDING CHILD DEVELOPMENT, 9th Edition, 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. In this streamlined edition, each section looks at critical social and cultural factors 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 is information about the importance of play and technology in a young child's learning process. Specific NAEYC Program Standards and Accreditation Criteria and Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP) guidelines are now highlighted at the beginning of the chapter and with icons throughout the text. New Brain Development boxes focus on relevant brain research, Child Development in the Real World provides practical applications of key topics, and TeachSource Video boxes highlight relevant videos available on the Education CourseMate website. Other topics covered include readiness, assessment, the importance of working with children and families from diverse cultures, and the development of early stages of reading. Throughout the text, real-life examples and anecdotes bring theory and research to life. Available with InfoTracr Student Collections http://gocengage.com/infotrac.

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"This is an excellent volume for students in the field of early childhood. The text takes a brief look at the young child, all inclusive, and is a must for teachers in training and in-service teachers."

"This is the most comprehensive child development text I have used to date. It is the only text that will be necessary to successfully teach a course in child development and theory. Application to theory is by far the best I have encountered in a textbook."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781133586692
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/1/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 143,567
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Rosalind Charlesworth, Ph.D., is professor emerita and retired department chair in the Department of Child and Family Studies at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. During her tenure at Weber State University, she worked with the faculty of the Department of Teacher Education to develop continuity from preprimary to primary school in the program for students in the early childhood education licensure program. She also contributed as a guest presenter in the Elementary Mathematics Methods class. Dr. Charlesworth is known for her contributions to research on early childhood teachers' beliefs and practices. She taught courses in early education and child development at other universities before joining the faculty at Weber State University. In 1999, she was the co-recipient of the NAECTE/Allyn & Bacon Outstanding Early Childhood Teacher Educator award. In 2014 she received the Legacy Award from the WSU Child and Family Studies Department in recognition of her contributions to early childhood education. Dr. Charlesworth has provided service to the field through active involvement in professional organizations and is currently on the editorial board of the Early Childhood Education Journal.

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Table of Contents

Section 1: THE YOUNG CHILD: BIRTH THROUGH AGE EIGHT. 1. A Brief Look at the Young Child. 2. Developmental and Learning Theories. 3. Studying the Young Child. Section II: LEARNING: BIRTH THROUGH AGE EIGHT. 4. How Learning Takes Place. 5. Learning Through Play. 6. The Adult Role in Learning: General Characteristics. 7. The Adult Role in Learning: Family and Sociocultural Factors. Section III: PRENATAL AND INFANCY PERIODS. 8. Heredity, Environment, and Development. 9. Conception and Prenatal Development. 10. Birth and the First Two Weeks. 11. Infancy: Theory, Environment, and Culture. 12. Infancy: Health and Physical and Motor Skills Development. 13. Infancy: Cognitive Development. 14. Infancy: Affective Development. Section IV: THE TODDLER: DEVELOPING TOWARD INDEPENDENCE. 15. The Toddler: Autonomy and Physical and Motor Development. 16. The Toddler: Cognitive Development. 17. The Toddler: Affective Development. Section V: THE PREKINDERGARTNER/KINDERGARTNER: AGES THREE THROUGH SIX 18. Physical Development, Health, Safety, and Nutrition: Ages Three to Six. 19. Motor Development: Ages Three Through Six. 20. The Cognitive System and Concept Development. 21. Oral Language Development and Use. 22. Written Language: Development and Everyday Use. 23. Intelligence and Creativity. 24. The Adult Role in Cognitive Development. 25. The Nature of Affective Development: Theory, Emotion, and Personality. 26. Social Development. 27. The Adult Role in Affective Development. Section VI: THE PRIMARY CHILD: GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT: AGES SIX THROUGH EIGHT. 28. Preschool to Primary: Bridging the Gap. 29. The Primary Child: Physical and Motor Development. 30. The Primary Child: Cognitive Development and Schooling. 31. The Primary Child: Affective Development.

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