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Child, Family, School, Community: Socialization and Support, 8th Edition

  • Roberta M. Berns University of California, Irvine
  • ISBN-10: 0495603252  |  ISBN-13: 9780495603252
  • 576 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2007
  • © 2010 | Published
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Now in full color, best-selling CHILD, FAMILY, SCHOOL, COMMUNITY: SOCIALIZATION AND SUPPORT, 8th Edition, offers an excellent introduction to socialization. Examining how the school, family, and community influence children’s socialization, the text is grounded in a powerful conceptual framework—Urie Bronfenbrenner’s Bioecological Model of Human Development. Extremely student friendly, the text addresses complex issues in a clear, comprehensive format. Students enjoy reading the book and appreciate its narrative drive and use of meaningful, timely examples. Effective pedagogical features include overviews and objectives that lead to extended narrative, while closing summaries and activities underscore key points—ensuring students gain a solid understanding of chapter concepts. The text’s sensitive presentation of diversity issues includes matters related to culture, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and special needs. In addition, the book’s companion website includes numerous study tools for students as well as time-saving instructor resources such as the eBank Instructor’s Manual with TestBank.

Features and Benefits

  • The most comprehensive, original, and researched-based text in the child socialization market, CHILD, FAMILY, SCHOOL, COMMUNITY: SOCIALIZATION AND SUPPORT, 8th Edition, offers thorough coverage that examines all influences on children’s socialization, including parenting, family, school, community, the media, peer groups, teachers, and non-parental child care.
  • This popular, proven text uses Urie Bronfenbrenner’s Bioecological Model of Human Development as a framework to illustrate and examine how school, family, peers, and community influence children’s socialization. The model is introduced in Chapter 1 and integrated throughout subsequent chapters.
  • Ensuring thorough student understanding, the text’s very effective pedagogical features include an advanced organizer (chapter-at-a-glance), Chapter-Opening Key Questions, provocative questions at key points in chapters, and creative chapter-ending activities that encourage self-reflection and critical thinking. Each chapter also opens with engaging, culturally diverse folktales that connect to the chapter topic.
  • Illustrating concepts in action, In Practice boxes show teachers/childcare workers how to infuse their practice with the concepts and theories being discussed as well as how these concepts look in reality. Additional boxed content presents examples related to chapter content, offering further real-world insight.
  • Excellent graphics include the Bronfenbrenner concentric circle model highlighted according to relevant chapter topics.

Table of Contents

1. Ecology of the Child.
2. Ecology of Socialization.
3. Ecology of the Family.
4. Ecology of Parenting.
5. Ecology of Child Care.
6. Ecology of the School.
7. Ecology of Teaching.
8. Ecology of the Peer Group.
9. Ecology of the Mass Media.
10. Ecology of the Community.
11. Emotional and Cognitive Socialization Outcomes.
12. Social and Behavioral Socialization Outcomes.

What's New

  • Featured in every chapter, new Socialization Sketches spotlight popular icons who have socialization histories relevant to the chapter focus and topics. The author examines the socialization histories of John F. Kennedy, Yo-Yo Ma, Oprah Winfrey, Carlos Santana, and others.
  • The vibrant new four-color design enlivens content and engages readers.
  • Comprehensive yet concise, the new edition offers more streamlined coverage of such topics as parenting, non-parental childcare, and schooling.
  • Revised and updated Chapter 9, "Ecology of the Mass Media," offers an accurate and timely reflection of ongoing technology as it relates to children and socialization.
  • Learning Objectives now precede chapter content, helping readers focus on upcoming concepts.

Learning Resource Bundles

Choose the textbook packaged with the resources that best meet your course and student needs. Contact your Learning Consultant for more information.

Bundle: Child, Family, School, Community: Socialization and Support, 8th + Psychology Module: Careers in Psychology

ISBN-10: 1428207309 | ISBN-13: 9781428207301

Efficacy and Outcomes


"... offers a foundational education on (American) children and families along with hopeful solutions to some of the larger policy issues these students will no doubt come face-to-face with in their careers."

— Amy Tate, Lesley University

"... strengths of the book are the clear, engaging writing and the clear organizational structure using Bronfenbrenner’s Bioecological Model."

— Lee D. Millar Bidwell, Longwood University

"Rather than providing a simplistic overview of socialization, Berns does a superb job of discussing the intricacies of what is known and yet unknown on topics related to socialization."

— Melissa M. Burnham, University of Nevada, Reno


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title's "About" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition.

For more information about these supplements, or to obtain them, contact your Learning Consultant.

Instructor Supplements

Instructor’s Manual with Test Bank eBank  (ISBN-10: 0495829846 | ISBN-13: 9780495829843)

Available online via the book-specific website, the eBank Instructor’s Manual with TestBank by Susan Bowers of Northern Illinois University enables you to create tests, streamline your course preparation, and get the most from the text. It includes learning objectives, detailed chapter outlines, ideas for class assignments, multiple choice questions, fill-in-the-blank questions, essay questions, and many more review tools designed for students.

PowerLecture with ExamView®  (ISBN-10: 0495832987 | ISBN-13: 9780495832980)

The fastest, easiest way to build powerful, customized media-rich lectures, this one-stop digital library and presentation tool includes preassembled Microsoft® PowerPoint® lecture slides. It also features a full Instructor’s Manual and Test Bank as well as ExamView® testing software with all the test items from the printed Test Bank in electronic format—enabling you to create customized tests in print or online—and all of your media resources in one place, including an image library with graphics from the book and video clips.

Instructor’s Edition  (ISBN-10: 049580486X | ISBN-13: 9780495804864)

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Roberta M. Berns

Roberta Berns is a Professor Emerita at the University of California, Irvine, as well as Saddleback College, where she founded and chaired the Human Development Department. Berns also was a student of renowned developmental psychologist Urie Bronfenbrenner at Cornell University. She lives in California with her husband, a professor of bioengineering. They have two children (one, an English professor and the other, a professor of neuroscience) and two grandchildren.