The Young Child: Development from Prebirth Through Age Eight / Edition 5

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"Unlike other child development texts, this text is devoted specifically to development from prebirth through age eight." For child development courses that cover prebirth through age eight, this widely used text discusses major developmental theories as they relate to physical, social and emotional, and cognitive domains. The book contains extensive applications for those who teach and work with young children, making it particularly appropriate for early childhood education programs.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780135147764
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 8/29/2008
  • Series: Pearson Custom Education Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 592
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Donna Wittmer received her Ph.D. from Syracuse University in 1985 in Child, Family, and Community Studies. She was a professor of Early Childhood Education at the University of Colorado for 17 years and received Emerita status in January 2008. Donna is the author of numerous articles in Early Childhood Education Journals, including Young Children, and the co-author to a variety of early childhood education and development texts, including The importance of peers in the early years (2009) published by ZERO TO THREE Press.

Sandy Petersen is the Director of Outreach, Research, and Innovation at the Early Head Start National Resource Center at ZERO TO THREE. Her previous work includes directing training and technical assistance for early childhood at the Colorado Department of Education, heading a grant to explore inclusion of medically fragile infants and toddlers in community child care, and providing infant-parent psychotherapy at the Infant- Parent Program in San Francisco. Petersen created and teaches the Special Needs workshop in the Program for Infant Toddler Care.

Together, Wittmer and Petersen have co-authored the following three textbooks on development and curriculum:

Wittmer, D.S. & Petersen, S.H. (2008). Issues in infant/toddler programs. In S. Feeney, (Ed.), Issues in Early Childhood Education. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Merrill Prentice Hall.

Petersen, S.H., & Wittmer, D. S. (2009). Endless Opportunities–Curriculum for Infants and Toddlers. A Relationship-Based Approach. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Merrill-Prentice Hall.

Wittmer, D.S., & Petersen, S.H. (2009). Infant and toddler development and responsive program planning–a relationship-based approach (2nd Ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Merrill Prentice-Hall.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 An Overview of Early Childhood Development

Ch. 1 The What and Why of Early Childhood Development 2

Ch. 2 The Where, When, and How of Early Childhood Study and Assessment 22

Pt. 2 The Child's Life Begins

Ch. 3 The Family Before Birth 52

Ch. 4 The Child and Family at Birth 92

Pt. 3 Infancy

Ch. 5 Physical and Motor Development of the Infant 112

Ch. 6 Social and Emotional Development of the Infant 156

Ch. 7 Cognitive, Language, and Literacy Development of the Infant 188

Pt. 4 The Young Child: Ages One Through Three

Ch. 8 Physical and Motor Development: Ages One Through Three 212

Ch. 9 Social and Emotional Development: Ages One Through Three 248

Ch. 10 Cognitive, Language, and Literacy Development: Ages One Through Three 276

Pt. 5 The Young Child: Ages Four Through Five

Ch. 11 Physical and Motor Development: Ages Four Through Five 306

Ch. 12 Social and Emotional Development: Ages Four Through Five 340

Ch. 13 Cognitive, Language, and Literacy Development: Ages Four Through Five 380

Pt. 6 The Young Child: Ages Six Through Eight

Ch. 14 Physical and Motor Development: Ages Six Through Eight 410

Ch. 15 Social and Emotional Development: Ages Six Through Eight 442

Ch. 16 Cognitive, Language, and Literacy Development: Ages Six Through Eight 476

Epilogue 511

App. A Acronyms Associated with Childhood-Related Terms, Agencies, and Associations 514

App. B Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Growth Charts: United States 518

App. C Quality Child Care: A Position Statement of the Southern Early Childhood Association 523

Glossary 527

References 535

Name Index 563

Subject Index 571

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