Understanding Child Development / Edition 8

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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 book. New Brain Development boxes focus on relevant brain research, and Child Development in the Real World provides practical applications of key topics. 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 book, real-life examples and anecdotes bring theory and research to life. Available with InfoTrac 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: 9780495809302
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Series: What's New in Early Childhood Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 768
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 1.20 (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

Sect. I The Young Child
Unit 1 Developmental and Learning Theories 1
Unit 2 Studying the Young Child 13
Unit 3 A Brief Look at the Young Child 25
Sect. II Prenatal and Infancy Periods
Unit 4 Conception and Prenatal Development 40
Unit 5 Heredity, Environment, and Development 53
Unit 6 The First Two Weeks of Life 64
Unit 7 Infancy: Theoretical Views and General Characteristics 76
Unit 8 Infancy: Affective Development 86
Unit 9 Infancy: Motor and Cognitive Development 102
Unit 10 Infancy: Sociocultural Aspects of Development 123
Sect. III The Toddler: Developing Toward Independence
Unit 11 The Toddler: Autonomy and Motor Development 143
Unit 12 The Toddler: Affective Development 158
Unit 13 The Toddler: Cognitive Development 173
Unit 14 The Toddler Environment 188
Sect. IV Physical and Motor Development from Preschool to Primary
Unit 15 Physical Growth, Safety, Health, and Nutrition 206
Unit 16 Motor Development 228
Sect. V Learning: From Preschool to Primary
Unit 17 How Learning Takes Place 256
Unit 18 The Adult Role in Learning: General Characteristics 272
Unit 19 The Adult Role in Learning: Parental and Social Factors 289
Sect. VI Cognitive Growth and Development from Preschool to Primary
Unit 20 The Cognitive System 312
Unit 21 Concept Development 328
Unit 22 Language Development 350
Unit 23 Language in Everyday Use: Oral Language 381
Unit 24 Written Language: Development and Everyday Use 399
Unit 25 Intelligence and Creativity 422
Sect. VII Affective Growth and Development from Preschool to Primary
Unit 26 The Nature of Affective Development 445
Unit 27 Emotional Development 457
Unit 28 Personality Development 469
Unit 29 Social Development 486
Unit 30 The Adult Role in Affective Development 512
Sect. VIII The Primary Child: Making the Connection from Preschool to Primary
Unit 31 The Primary Child 539
Unit 32 Preschool to Primary: Bridging the Gap 563
Sect. IX Special Areas of Development
Unit 33 The Young Child at Play 584
Unit 34 The Impact of Technology 607
Unit 35 Children with Special Needs and Disabilities 632
Sect. X The Whole Child
Unit 36 A Look At the Whole Child 663
Unit 37 Action for Children 679
Index 693
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