"Writing Style: Fabulous! Information in these chapters is consistently presented in a clear, concise style. The reader is very much 'involved' in the material." Deb Gural, Red River College "I particularly appreciate Berk's inclusion of multicultural perspectives. It is important to help students, particularly those who are just beginning their professional preparation, to put what we know about young children and their development into a cultural context. This text does that masterfully with words AND with pictures. " Nancy Freeman, University of South Carolina "The thing that I am most impressed with is the examples the author uses. I found that often I had new insights in to child development issues even though I have been teaching and working in the field for years. These insights were so well thought out that I think that they would be very helpful students when learning the material. " John Prange, Irvine Valley College "As always, Berk provides a comprehensive discussion of developmental issues. What I appreciate is that the text provides good coverage of areas that are often neglected by other texts (especially applied developmental issues).
" Deborah Laible, Southern Methodist University "The author's writing style is very engrossing. She is exceptionally accomplished in her knowledge of developmental psychology. I think her writing will be easy for my students to follow. " Algea Harrison, Oakland University "The writing level of this text is exemplary! The integration of research findings and "plain language" explanations allows the students to interact seamlessly with the text...This is a wonderfully comprehensive and intelligent resource. " Matthew DiCintio, Delaware County Community College "I really enjoyed the writing style used by the author. I particularly liked the way that the story from the beginning of the chapter was woven throughout all the sections of each chapter. In addition, using the same characters in subsequent chapters really pulled together the links between developmental domains. " Lynn Caruso, Seneca College "I think if a student feels the material he will know it. The value of the Ask Yourself sections is monumental." John Prange, Irvine Valley College
Table of Contents
I. Theory and Research in Child Development. 1. History, Theory, and Research Strategies. The Field of Child Development. Basic Issues. Historical Foundations. Mid-Twentieth-Century Theories. Recent Theoretical Perspectives. Comparing Child Development Theories. Studying the Child. II. Foundations of Development. 2. Biological and Environmental Foundations. Genetic Foundations. Reproductive Choices. Environmental Contexts for Development. Understanding the Relationship Between Heredity and Environment. 3. Prenatal Development. Motivations for Parenthood. Prenatal Development. Prenatal Environmental Influences. Preparing for Parenthood. 4. Birth and the Newborn Baby. The Stages of Childbirth. Approaches to Childbirth. Medical Interventions. Birth Complications. Precious Moments After Birth. The Newborn Baby's Capacities. The Transition to Parenthood. III. Infancy and Toddlerhood: The First Two Years. 5. Physical Development in Infancy and Toddlerhood. Body Growth. Brain Development. Influences on Early Physical Growth. Learning Capacities. Motor Development. Perceptual Development. 6. Cognitive Development in Infancy and Toddlerhood. Piaget's Cognitive-Developmental Theory. Information Processing. The Social Context of Early Cognitive Development. Individual Differences in Early Mental Development. Language Development. 7. Emotional and Social Development in Infancy and Toddlerhood. Erikson's Theory of Infant and Toddler Personality. Emotional Development. Development of Temperament. Development of Attachment. Self-Understanding. IV. Early Childhood: Two to Six Years. 8. Physical Development in Early Childhood. Body Growth. Brain Development. Factors Affecting Physical Growth and Health. Motor Development. 9. Cognitive Development in Early Childhood. Piaget's Theory: The Preoperational Stage. Vygotsky's Sociocultural Theory. Information Processing. Individual Differences in Mental Development. Language Development. 10. Emotional and Social Development in Early Childhood. Erikson's Theory: Initiative vs. Guilt. Self-Understanding. Emotional Development. Peer Relations. Foundations of Morality. Gender Typing. Child Rearing and Emotional and Social Development. V. Middle Childhood: Six to Eleven Years. 11. Physical Development in Middle Childhood. Body Growth. Common Health Problems. Health Education. Motor Development and Play. 12. Cognitive Development in Middle Childhood. Piaget's Theory: The Concrete Operational Stage. Information Processing. Individual Differences in Mental Development. Language Development. Children's Learning in School. 13. Emotional and Social Development in Middle Childhood. Erikson's Theory. Self-Understanding. Emotional Development. Understanding Others: Perspective Taking. Moral Development. Peer Relations. Gender Typing. Family Influences. Some Common Problems of Development.