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The best-selling CHILD, FAMILY, SCHOOL, COMMUNITY: SOCIALIZATION AND SUPPORT, now in its Tenth Edition, offers an excellent introduction to socialization that is grounded in a powerful conceptual framework-Urie Bronfenbrenner's Bioecological Model of Human Development. Examining how the school, family, and community influence children's socialization, this text addresses complex issues in a clear, comprehensive fashion. Students enjoy reading the book and appreciate its narrative drive, meaningful and timely examples, and effective pedagogy. A sensitive and robust presentation of diversity issues includes matters related to culture, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status and special needs. Updated throughout, this edition features a strong emphasis on NAEYC and NASW standards as well as a new neuroscience feature called “Brain Briefs.”

Roberta M. Berns, University of California, Irvine

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.
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  • NEW! UPDATED STANDARDS IN EACH CHAPTER: Professional Standards for NAEYC (early childhood education) and NASW (social work practice) are correlated with each chapter for the 10th Edition. They also appearing on the front and back covers of the text, with additional information available on the book's website.
  • NEW! DIGITAL DOWNLOADS: Downloadable and often customizable, these practical and professional resources allow students to immediately implement and apply this textbook's content in the field. Students can download these tools and keep them forever, enabling preservice teachers to begin to build their own library of resources. A TeachSource Digital Downloads label identifies these items throughout the text.
  • NEW! TEACHSOURCE VIDEOS: Introduced in the text and viewable online, the TeachSource videos, some of which are new for this edition, feature footage from the classroom to help students relate key chapter content to real-life scenarios. Critical-thinking questions provide opportunities for in-class or online discussion and reflection.
  • NEW! LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Correlated to the main sections in each chapter, learning objectives focus students' reading and show them what they should know, understand, and be able to apply after completing the chapter.
  • NEW! BRAIN BRIEFS: This new feature in each chapter discusses neuroscience research related to chapter content.
  • NEW! DIMENSIONS OF DIVERSITY: Each chapter now features a “Dimensions of Diversity” box to demonstrate some of the many factors that make each individual unique. Topics include age and significant personal life experience (Ch. 1); race/ethnicity (Ch. 2); family structure (Ch. 3); religion (Ch. 4); socioeconomic status/income (Ch. 5); educational level (Ch. 6); language (Ch. 7); generational cohorts (Ch. 8); ability/disability (Ch. 9); geographic location (Ch. 10); sexual orientation (Ch. 11); and gender (Ch. 12).
  • NEW! HOT TOPICS: New and expanded content covers diversity as it relates to culture, poverty, ethnicity, religion, language, biracial families, economics, same-sex parents, disabilities, generational issues, geography, gender roles, and transsexuality. There's new material on the impact of technology (e.g., social networking, texting, blogging, video gaming); and children's health (e.g., obesity, violence prevention, nutrition, fitness, and diversity sensitivity education). Other new topics include the effects of bullying/cyber-bullying, guns, and family abuse on children; and community service and schools.
  • 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.
  • After the introduction of the bioecological theory of human development and child socialization processes (aims, agents, methods, outcomes), the book discusses each socialization context in which the child develops, and concludes with child socialization outcomes.
  • Excellent graphics include the Bronfenbrenner concentric circle model highlighted according to relevant chapter topics.
  • Featured at the start of every chapter, “Socialization Sketches” spotlight popular icons who have socialization histories relevant to the chapter focus and topics. The author examines the socialization histories of Oprah Winfrey, Urie Bronfenbrenner (NEW), Prince William (NEW), Dr. Benjamin Spock, Shakira (NEW), Laura Bush (NEW), Amy Tan, Kareem Abdul Jabbar (NEW), Francis Ford Coppola, Ralph Nader, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Wilma Mankiller (NEW).
  • Illustrating concepts in action, “In Practice” boxes show teachers and child care workers how to infuse their practice with the concepts and theories being discussed as well as how these concepts play out in the real world. Other boxed content presents examples related to the chapter discussion, offering additional real-world insight.
  • Aids to student learning include critical thinking questions, socialization sketches, examples, boxes (In Context, In Practice, Dimensions of Diversity, Brain Briefs), figures, tables, photos, activities, and a clear and concise writing style.
  • The author provides questions, aligned with each major heading, to motivate student learning.
  • The most comprehensive, original, and researched-based text in the child socialization market, this book 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. Depth of coverage includes relevant classic and contemporary research.
1. Ecology of the Child.
2. Ecology of Socialization.
3. Ecology of the Family.
4. Ecology of Parenting.
5. Ecology of Nonparental 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.
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It is a very succinct text that lends itself nicely to the course. It is practical and a resource students can refer back to in their careers.”

“[The book is a] very thorough exploration of the complex phenomena of child development, with particular relevance for educators, social workers, and youth practitioners.”

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Instructor's Manual with Test Bank

ISBN: 9781305396203
The manual includes learning objectives, key terms, a detailed chapter outline, a chapter summary, lesson plans, discussion topics, student activities, “What If” scenarios, media tools, a sample syllabus and an expanded test bank. The learning objectives are correlated with the discussion topics, student activities and media tools. Each chapter’s test bank contains questions in multiple-choice, true false, completion, essay and new critical thinking formats, with a full answer key. The test bank is coded to the learning objectives that appear in the main text, and includes the section in the main text where the answers can be found. The manual is available for download on the password-protected website and can also be obtained by e-mailing your local Cengage Learning representative.