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Child and Adolescent Development in Your Classroom 2nd Edition

Christi Crosby Bergin, David Allen Bergin

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2012
  • 736 Pages


Covering development from early childhood through high school in an easy-to-follow format, this book provides future teachers with authentic, research-based strategies and guidelines for their classrooms. The authors apply child development concepts to topics of high interest and relevance to teachers, including classroom discipline, constructivism, social-emotional development, and many others. A strong emphasis on diversity among children is reflected throughout. Case studies and real-world vignettes further bridge the distance between research and the classroom, helping future teachers be better prepared to create an environment that promotes optimal development in children.

Christi Crosby Bergin, University of Missouri

Christi Bergin earned a Ph.D. in child development and early childhood education at Stanford University, and is a developmental psychologist. Her research focuses on the socio-emotional development of typical children as well as the physical, cognitive, and socio-emotional development of infants and children in families struggling with poverty, drug use, and child abuse. She has observed hundreds of parent-child interactions, including in-home visits to so-called "crack houses." Dr. Bergin has conducted research in both schools and medical centers. She has published in journals such as the Journal of Literacy Research, Early Childhood Research Quarterly, Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, Child Maltreatment, Journal of Adolescence, and Infant Mental Health Journal, among others. Through her research, experience as a preschool teacher, and work as a community volunteer, she has extensive experience with children from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. She is the co-founder of the Network for Educator Effectiveness, which has 265 member school districts. Through this network she has trained hundreds of principals to accurately measure teaching practice and provide useful feedback to help teachers grow professionally.

David Allen Bergin, University of Missouri

David Bergin earned a Ph.D. in education at Stanford University, and is an educational psychologist. He has been a teacher-educator for over 30 years. His research focuses on motivation and achievement, and talented youth of color. He is a past president of Division 15 Educational Psychology of the American Psychological Association, and has published in journals such as Journal of Educational Psychology, Contemporary Educational Psychology, Journal of Negro Education, Early Childhood Research Quarterly, Journal of Literacy Research, and Journal of Adolescent Research, among others. He has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Educational Psychology, Journal of Counseling Psychology, and Contemporary Educational Psychology. As does his co-author, Bergin has extensive experience working with a diverse range of children. He speaks Spanish, has lived in Central America, and has done university outreach in Mexico and Guatemala. Most recently he was a Fulbright scholar in Chile.
  • A new breakdown of age groups separates the birth to 5 years age range into 0-2 years and 3-5 years categories to better differentiate the developmental changes that children undergo in the first five years of life. Case studies and vignettes that illustrate both ranges have been added, reflecting topics such as Developmentally Appropriate Practice, sleep needs, conflict resolution, friendships, and others.
  • This edition includes expanded coverage of adolescence with updated statistics on drug use and testing in schools, cyberbullying, sexual behavior, the influence of media on sexual behavior and attitudes, and more. The book also incorporates updated research throughout.
  • A Standards Correlation Grid on the inside front cover provides alignment of topics with INTASC and NAEYC standards as well as the Praxis II exam, allowing students to quickly locate standards and licensure exam guidelines throughout the text-and connect them with what they are learning.
  • Some “Challenges in Development” boxes now include discussion of how teachers can practice inclusion.
  • New TeachSource Video Cases-introduced in the text and viewable at Education CourseMate-show real students and teachers at work in the classroom dealing with various stages of development.
  • A new “Brain Research” boxed feature throughout the book highlights the latest research from psychology, biology, and cognitive science as well as how it applies to what happens in the classroom.
  • A “Digital Downloads” icon in the text identifies each chapter's “Summary of Age Trends” table and other useful figures and tables that are available for students to download through
  • A consistent chapter structure, which presents definitions, age trends, antecedents and consequences of individual differences, information on group diversity, and implications for the classroom, aids student comprehension.
  • A topical approach allows a more effective description of the range of behavior possible in a given domain.
  • An emphasis on high-interest, teacher-relevant topics not covered in traditional human development includes material on self-control and discipline (Chapter 7) and extensive coverage of social-emotional development (Parts 3 and 4).
  • Features such as “Revisiting the Case,” “Think About This,” “Field Observations,” “Summary of Age Trends,” “Theories and Theorists,” “Challenges in Development,” “Brain Research,” and “Video Cases” promote deeper connections to, and understanding of, the content.
  • The text specifically applies human development concepts to teaching, providing a strong bridge between current research and application. It incorporates research-based classroom strategies, case studies, and direct connections between theories and the teaching of mathematics and literacy (i.e., in Chapters 4 and 12). In addition, a “Reflections on Practice” feature encourages teachers to think about how their behavior in the classroom affects children's development.
  • Group and individual diversity issues concerning gender, socioeconomic status, and ethnicity are integrated throughout the text.
1. Ways of Thinking about Children.
2. Physical Development and Health.
3. Classic Theories of Learning and Cognition.
4. Information Processing, Memory, and Problem Solving.
5 Cognitive Ability: Intelligence, Talent, and Achievement.
6. Attachment and Personality.
7. Self-Control and Discipline.
8. Emotional Development.
Section 4: THE SOCIAL CHILD.  
9. Social Cognition.
10. Social Behavior.
11. Peers, Friends, and Play.
Section 5: THE WHOLE CHILD.  
12. Language and Literacy.
13. The Self-System and Motivation.
14. The Child in Context: Family Structure, Child Care, and Media.
Name Index.
Subject Index.

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  • ISBN-10: 130514497X
  • ISBN-13: 9781305144972
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“This is an excellent textbook for the learning and developing child course or a course on human development for teacher education. I highly recommend it for use in your course.” - Elizabeth Elliot, Florida Gulf Coast University

“[This book is] readable, well organized, and focused on helping the [future] teacher reflect upon how developmental theory can be used to solve classroom challenges.” - Edward Mauzey, Southeastern Oklahoma State University

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ISBN: 9781285443867
These vibrant, Microsoft® PowerPoint® lecture slides for each chapter assist you with your lecture, by providing concept coverage using images, figures, and tables directly from the textbook.

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