Early Childhood Development: A Multicultural Perspective, Fifth Edition addresses both typical and atypical child development from birth through age eight. This text highlights the diversity of child development, preparing professionals to meet the unique needs of children from a wide variety of backgrounds.
Development is Examined from a Multicultural Perspective.
• Developmental domains are presented with examples drawn from diverse cultures. This multicultural perspective prepares adults to meet the distinct needs of every child. Take a look at the table of contents to see how every topic is examined; for example, sections on language development include descriptions of second-language learning and the linguistic development of non-English speakers.
Practical Applications Make This Text a Hands-on Guide for Educators and Caregivers.
• Assessing Young Children features help professionals interpret the behavior of young children and use this information to plan programs, guide interactions, and enrich development. For examples, see pages 292 and 327.
• Classroom Adaptations features provide practical ideas for adapting classroom space, materials, curricula, and adult interactions for children with special needs. For examples, see pages 262, 289, and 323.
• Child Guidance features offer research-based methods to enrich children’s physical, cognitive, social, emotional, or linguistic development. For examples, see pages 290 and 325.
• Research into Practice sections describe practical classroom and parenting applications. For examples, see pages291 and 325.
Advocacy and Key Public Policy Issues Related to Child Development Are Discussed in Every Chapter.
• Each chapter connects the research and theories of the text with ideas for advocacy and the shaping of public policy to benefit children and families.
• Advocacy and Public Policy features present key public policy issues for each level and domain of development as well as examples and suggestions for how professionals can integrate advocacy into their practice. For examples, see pages 288 and 320.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Studying Early Childhood Development in a Diverse World
Chapter 2: Historical Perspectives and Research in Early Childhood Development
Chapter 3: Theories of Child Development
Chapter 4: Genetics, Prenatal Development, and Birth
Chapter 5: The Newborn
Chapter 6: Infant Physical Growth and Brain Development
Chapter 7: Cognitive Development in Infancy
Chapter 8: Infant Language and Literacy
Chapter 9: Infant Social and Emotional Development
Chapter 10: Preschool Physical and Motor Development
Chapter 11: Cognitive Development in the Preschool Years
Chapter 12: Symbolic Thought: Play, Language, and Literacy in the Preschool Years
Chapter 13: Social and Emotional Development of Preschoolers
Chapter 14: Physical Growth and Motor Development in the Primary Years
Chapter 15: Cognition and Schooling
Chapter 16: Language, Literacy, and Schooling
Chapter 17: Social and Emotional Development in the Primary Years
Chapter 18: Parents, Families, and Children: A Multicultural Perspective
The book can be used as the primary text for child development or early child development courses in community colleges or four-year programs in education or psychology. It can also be used as a supplementary text in graduate-level, life-span human development courses where a goal is to promote cultural understanding and sensitivity. Some of my colleagues have used it as a supplement in courses in multicultural education or the anti-bias curriculum. The book is intended to assist future teachers, child care providers, and family service and mental health professionals in understanding and celebrating the rich diversity of development among children in all neighborhoods in America and around the globe.
TEXT ORGANIZATION AND FEATURES
An initial examination of the Contents will show that the book resembles other texts in child development. All current and important issues and topics are included. The book is organized in a conventional ages-and-stages format. A closer look, however, reveals several unique features. First, each topic is examined from a multicultural perspective. Sections on language development, for example, include descriptions of second-language learning and the linguistic development of non-English speakers. Chapters on intellectualdevelopment highlight cultural diversity in cognitive style. Attachment patterns and peer relations among children of diverse backgrounds are explored. Cultural variations in motor play and development are examined.
A second unique feature is that topics in atypical development and special education are smoothly integrated in the core development chapters. For example, autism and serious emotional disturbance are fully examined in sections on social development, and mental retardation and learning disabilities are extensively described in chapters dealing with cognition. A purpose of the text is to assist professionals working with children and families in understanding and appreciating the characteristics of children with challenging conditions who will be increasingly integrated within regular classrooms.
A final important feature of the book is its real-life, practical orientation. It is intended as a hands-on guide. A special assessment feature helps professionals to interpret the behaviors of children in classrooms. Each chapter ends with a Research Into Practice section that outlines practical classroom and parenting applications. The chapters include numerous stories drawn from diverse cultures within and outside the United States, which bring theory and research to life.
WHY STUDY CHILD DEVELOPMENT FROM A MULTICULTURAL PERSPECTIVE?
Why is a multicultural focus in child development so important? During the twenty-first century, traditionally underrepresented groupsoften called "minorities"will constitute a new majority within the United States. Because families of historically underrepresented groups are younger than those of other cultures, their children will make up a growing percentage of the preschool and school-age population. Early childhood classrooms will become increasingly diverse, and teachers and other professionals must be prepared to meet the unique needs of young children of varying backgrounds. Even teachers of monocultural classrooms must assist their students in understanding and appreciating other cultures. A primary goal in early childhood education today is to provide skills, understanding, and sensitivity that allow children to grow up in a pluralistic society. This textbook is designed to assist professionals in meeting that goal by providing a culturally sensitive account of developmental processes.
NEW FEATURES IN THE THIRD EDITION
This third edition includes many new topics and issues. Sections on children with special needs are greatly expanded and updated. New research is presented on challenging conditions and how they can be addressed in the home, school, or center. Specific Classroom Adaptations are recommended throughout the book. Practical ideas are offered in these sections for adapting classroom space, materials, the curriculum, and adult interactions to meet the needs of those with challenging conditions.
The third edition focuses even more extensively on practical applications of child development research for teachers and other professionals. A new Child Guidance featureone for each age level and area of developmenthighlights a proven, research-based technique for enhancing children's social, emotional, cognitive, or language growth. The Assessing Young Children feature at the end of many chapters includes a new application section that guides professionals in using information on children's development to plan programs, guide classroom interactions, and enrich development.
Instructor's Manual/Test Bank
An instructor's manual includes a discussion of critical topics for each chapter and a set of cooperative learning activities that instructors can use in their classes. Two or more of these activities are provided for each chapter in the book. These creative, field-tested activities may be copied for classroom use. The instructor's manual also contains a test bank with three different types of items: recall, analysis and application, and essay questions.
A Companion Website his been developed to support readers' understanding and provide practice opportunities to .help them achieve class goals. There are materials on the Website for both students and instructors. Students can complete self-checking quizzes in multiple-choice and essay formats for each chapter to test their mastery of concepts and issues. Links to Web sites related to child development are provided to help students find additional information about topics or to assist them in completing research projects. Students can also respond to discussion questions and post messages to other readers on the message board.
Instructors may assign Suggested Activities to students as out-of-class assignments. Two or more of these activities, which primarily involve observation, are provided for each chapter in the book. Students and instructors have access to this part of the site.