Child Development Readings for Elementary Education is designed to demonstrate to prospective teachers the importance of understanding child and adolescent development in order to be an effective teacher. The carefully selected readings within the anthology provide future educators with real-world teaching strategies to implement in the classroom at each level of child development.
The collection begins with an introduction to child development that is specific to educators, followed by readings that provide recent research in prenatal and infant development, and early childhood physical, cognitive, and social development. In later chapters, the text covers middle childhood physical, cognitive, and social development, as well as adolescent physical, cognitive, and social development.
With distinct emphasis in application, Child Development Readings for Elementary Education is a valuable supplement to standard textbooks for courses in developmental psychology, educational psychology, and instructional methods for education majors.
Sharon E. Paulson earned her B.S. in psychology from the College of William and Mary and her M.S. and Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a professor of educational psychology at Ball State University. Her research interests include child and adolescent development and students’ perceptions of parenting, teaching, and school atmosphere.