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This popular, topically organized, and thoroughly updated child and adolescent development text presents students with the best theories, research, and practical advice that developmentalists have to offer today. Authors David R. Shaffer and Katherine Kipp provide students with a current and comprehensive overview of child and adolescent development, written in clear, concise language that talks "to" students rather than "at" them. The authors also focus on applications that show students how theories and research apply to real-life settings. As a result, students gain an understanding of developmental principles that will help them in their roles as parents, teachers, nurses, day-care workers, pediatricians, psychologists, or in any other capacity by which they may one day influence the lives of developing persons. Available with InfoTrac® Student Collections http://gocengage.com/infotrac.
- A new Chapter 14 (The Family) dedicates an entire chapter to examining the influence of the family on development.
- New and updated research in all major topic areas throughout the text includes references to the latest studies and reviews.
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- Boxed features showcase insights gained from development research. Applying Research to Your Life boxes show how research results in a wealth of practical information; for instance, the most effective ways to discipline children using inductive, love-oriented, and power assertive approaches. Focus on Research boxes discuss a classic study or set of studies that have been highly influential in illuminating the causes of development. One example examines sports participation and self-esteem among adolescent females and explains why teenage girls display declining muscle strength as they grow.
- Highly regarded for its mastery of the major research and theories in child development, the book is updated throughout with references to the latest studies and reviews.
- Icons in the Applying Development Themes sections (at the end of Chapter 3 and in every chapter thereafter) help to visually emphasize the book's four core themes (nature/nurture, active/passive, continuity/discontinuity, and the holistic nature of development). These informative sections help to "wrap up" the chapter's messages by showing students how the themes are reflected in the developmental topics just covered.
- Students can gauge their understanding with the help of Concept Checks after each section as well as chapter-ending Practice Quizzes with ten multiple-choice questions that cover main chapter concepts.
- The text highlights developmental sequences and processes that children and adolescents experience within each developmental domain. This approach follows the systematic transformations that take place through childhood and adolescence, conveying the holistic character of human development.
- Believing that different theories emphasize different aspects of development, the authors take an eclectic approach to the presentation of the theory of development. The psychoanalytic, behavioristic, cognitive-developmental, ecological, sociocultural, information-processing, ethological, and behavioral genetic viewpoints are all treated fairly.
- The authors place a strong emphasis on the process of development, the underlying biological and environmental factors that trigger changes. By helping students understand the reasons why these developments take place, this emphasis makes it easier for students to remember what develops and when.
- A strong contextual orientation is highlighted through cross-cultural comparisons and the contextual influences of families, neighborhoods, schools, and peer groups. This orientation also contributes to the text's holistic perspective--the idea that humans are at once physical, cognitive, social, and emotional creatures, with each of these components of "self" dependent in part on changes taking pace in other areas of development.
1. Introduction to Developmental Psychology and Its Research Strategies.
Part II: BIOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS OF DEVELOPMENT.
2. Hereditary Influences on Development.
3. Prenatal Development and Birth.
5. Physical Development: The Brain, Body, Motor Skills, and Sexual Development.
Part III: COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT.
6. Cognitive Development: Piaget's Theory and Vygotsky's Sociocultural Viewpoint.
7. Cognitive Development: Information-Processing Perspectives.
8. Intelligence: Measuring Mental Performance.
9. Development of Language and Communication Skills.
Part IV: SOCIAL AND PERSONALITY DEVELOPMENT.
10. Emotional Development, Temperament, and Attachment.
11. Development of the Self and Social Cognition.
12. Sex Differences and Gender-Role Development.
13. Aggression, Altruism, and Moral Development.
Part V: THE CONTEXT OF DEVELOPMENT.
14. The Family.
15. Peers, School, and Media.
"The writing is so clear and straightforward that students would not get confused. It is clear that the authors were thoughtful about how to present the material to students. The inclusion of recent research from cognitive neuroscience is another positive aspect. The wealth of resources available to students and instructors would allow me recommend this textbook to a colleague who is teaching both childhood and adolescence."
"This is an excellent textbook that takes a topical rather than a chronological approach to child and adolescent development. This topical approach makes it much more effective in fitting it into a single semester, with the idea of covering one topic each week throughout the semester. The coverage is detailed and provides sufficient depth that students can really get a basic understanding of the key concepts for the course. Also, the built-in Concept Checks throughout the text help students determine whether or not they have mastered key concepts from one section before they move onto the next section of the material."
"It is a well-written text that is organized similarly to most developmental psychology texts. The level of difficulty is appropriate for undergraduates. It is a very solid text."
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