The Development of Children:
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The Development of Children has long been acclaimed for its authoritative chronological exploration of how the lives of children are shaped by biological and cultural factors. In this thoroughly updated new edition, lead author Cynthia Lightfoot builds on the legacy of original authors Michael and Sheila Cole, offering a lively, engaging, and always accessible examination of child development as a process involving the whole child within multiple, mutually influencing contexts. Throughout, the emphasis is on how the interaction of biology and culture contributes both to the universal pathways of development shared by all children and to the diverse developmental patterns that unfold in the lives of individual children.
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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.
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). Dr. Cole is the 2011 recipient of the Distinguished Contributions to Cultural and Contextual Factors in Child Development Award.
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.
1. The Study of Human Development
Part I In the Beginning
2. Biocultural Foundations
3. Prenatal Development and Birth
Part II Infancy
4. The First Three Months
5. Physical and Cognitive Development in the First Two Years
6. Emotional and Social Development during Infancy
Part III Early Childhood
7. Language Acquisition
8. Physical and Cognitive Development of Early Childhood
9. Social and Emotional Development in Early Childhood
10. Contexts of Development
Part IV Middle Childhood
11. Physical and Cognitive Development in Middle Childhood
12. School as a Context for Development
13. Social and Emotional Developments in Middle Childhood
Part V Adolescence
14. Physical and Cognitive Development in Adolescence
15. Social and Emotional Development during Adolescence