This text offers students an innovative, non-encyclopaedic introduction to the study of child development. Drawing on their extensive experience as teachers and researchers, Robert Siegler, Judy DeLoache and Nancy Eisenberg emphasize the fundamental principles and enduring themes underlying children's development and focus on key research that is most reflective of the field in 2002. The result is a lively, cutting edge picture of how children develop that does not overwhelm the student with transitory detail.
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An introduction to child development - history, themes and research methods; pre-natal development, birth and the newborn period; biology and behaviour - genetics, brain development and physical development; theories of cognitive development - Piagetian, core-knowledge, information processing and sociocultural; infancy perception, motor development, learning and cognition; development of language and symbol use; conceptual development; intelligence and academic achievement; theories of social and emotional development - psychoanalytic, learning, social cognition and ecological emotional development; development of self and attachment to others; the family; peer relationships; moral development; conclusions - integrating current understanding around the seven major themes.
ROBERT S. SIEGLER, Carnegie Mellon University, USA. - JUDY S. DELOACHE, University of Virginia, USA. - NANCY EISENBERG, Arizona State University, USA.