The Development of Children

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Edition: 6th
Format: Hardcover
Pub. Date: 2008-12-08
Publisher(s): Worth Publishers
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Like no other text,The Development of Childrentells the story of how biological and cultural processes intertwine over the course of childhood. Building on the legacy of Michael and Sheila Cole, and now under the lead authorship of Cynthia Lightfoot, this acclaimed textbook enters an exciting new era, bringing an integrated biocultural perspective to the teaching and learning of childdevelopment.Within the chronological organization of the book, you will find a continued emphasis on contemporary research, biology and the brain, the linking of theory to practice, and the emphasis on cultural issues that have earned the textbook enthusiastic support edition after edition. But you will also find a fresh new vision and voice. This thoroughly revised text guides students through the latest scholarship on the biological and cultural processes that frame the interacting physical, cognitive, social, and emotional domains of development.

Author Biography

Cynthia Lightfoot is Professor and Head of Human Development and Family Studies at the Pennsylvania State University, Brandywine. Her published works focus on the sociocultural contexts of child and adolescent development, most recently, on teen pregnancy, identity development, and youth culture. Lightfoot has served on the editorial boards of Culture and Psychology and Cognitive Development, and as Vice President of the Jean Piaget Society. Her interest in children and adolescents was fueled by experiences working with emotionally disturbed and autistic children in schools and as a child development specialist in a program for teenage mothers.

Michael Cole is an all-University of California Professor of Psychology, Communication, and Human Development. His home base is University of California, San Diego, where he is the Director of the Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition. For many years he spent his afternoons participating with children and undergraduates in development-enhancing after-school programs. He is an editor of the journal Mind, Culture and Activity. He has published widely on the role of culture and schooling in development for which he has been awarded honorary degrees at Copenhagen University and the University of Helsinki. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academies of Education (of the United States and Russia).

Sheila Cole is a former journalist who specialized in writing about families, children, development, and education. She is also a children's writer. Her most recent book offers a history of American childhood and is written for young people. She has also authored picture books, historical fiction, and novels for young adults. She participates in literacy programs for homeless adolescents.

Table of Contents

The Study of Human Development
Developmental Science Children, Society, and Science
The Central Issues of Developmental Science
Theories of Development Methods for Studying
Development Looking Ahead
Box: High-Tech Research on Brain Function
Box: Understanding the Causes and Correlations of Children’s Behavior and Development
In the Field
Probing the Mysteries of Learning
Part I
Biocultural Foundations
Inheriting Culture Biological Inheritance
The Coevolution of Culture and Biology Retracing the Laetoli Footsteps
In the Field: Doctor of Plain People
Box: Genetic Counseling
Prenatal Development and Birth
Periods of Prenatal Development
Environmental Conditions and Prenatal Development Teratogens
Environmental Sources of Birth Defects Birth
The Newborn's Condition Beginning the Parent–Child Relationship
In the Field: Reclaiming Birth—Midwifery in the Inuit Villages of Northern Canada
The First Three Months
Physical Growth
Brain Development Sensing the Environment
The Organization of Behavior Temperament
Becoming Coordinated with the Social World Summing Up the First 3 Months
In the Field: Baby-Friendly Hospitals
Box: Sleeping Arrangements
Box: Sudden Infant Death
Physical and Cognitive Development in the First Two Years
Physical Growth
Brain Development
Motor Development
Cognitive Development
The Great Debate Sensorimotor Development
Conceptual Development
The Growth of Attention and Memory Summary and Implications
Box: Brainy Babies
In the Field: The Diaper-Free Movement
Emotional and Social Development
During Infancy
The Nature of Infant Emotions and Emotional Expressions
The Infant–Caregiver Emotional Relationship
The Changing Nature of Communication
A Sense of Self Developing
Trust and Autonomy
Summary and Implications
Box: Attachment to Fathers
Box: Out-of-Home Care
A Threat to Attachment?
In the Field: Children with Reactive Attachment Disorder
Early Childhood
Language Acquisition
The Power of Language Keys to the World of Language
The Basic Domains of Language Acquisition
Explanations of Language Acquisition
Reconsidering the Keys of Language
Box: Children Creating a Language
Box: Bilingual Language Acquisition
In the Field: A Speech-Language Pathologist in Vietnam
Physical and Cognitive Development of Early Childhood
Physical and Motor Development Preoperational
Development Information-Processing Approaches to Cognitive Development
Cognitive Development in Privileged Domains
Cognitive Development and Culture Reconciling
Alternative Approaches
Box: Bearing Witness
Can Young Children Tell the Truth?
In the Field: Supporting Siblings of Children with Autism
Social and Emotional Development in Early Childhood
Acquiring a Social and Personal Identity
A New Moral World Developing Self-Regulation
Understanding Aggression Developing Prosocial Behaviors
Taking One’s Place in the Social Group
In the Field: Coping with Illness
Box: Spanking
Contexts of Development
The Family Context
Nonparental Child Care
Neighborhoods and Communities Media Contexts
Contexts, Risks, and Resilience
Box: Fathers
In the Field: Swamp Nurse
Box: Children and War
Middle Childhood
Physical and Cognitive Development in Middle Childhood
Physical and Motor Development
Concrete Operational Development Information-Processing
Approaches to Cognitive Development
The Role of Social and Cultural Contexts
Individual Differences in Cognitive Development
Reconsidering the Cognitive Changes in Middle Childhood
In the Field: The Edible Schoolyard
Thinking Outside the Lunchbox
School as a Context for Development
The Co
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