Peer Groups and Children's Development
February 2010, ©2010, Wiley-Blackwell
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psychology, developmental psychology, and social psychology would find the book, or
particular chapters, useful as they explore the nature of peer groups in educational settings.
Researchers in psychology will become better aware of the many facets of school and
classroom life that should be considered when studying children in the classroom context". (PsycCritiques, 8 December 2010)
"The experiences of schoolchildren with their peer groups and the implications for social, personal and intellectual development are considered here, as Howe reviews and integrates literature relating to classroom and out-of-class settings. The text is intended to address psychologists' and educationalists' research concerns, as well as the practical concerns of teachers, parents, counsellors and policymakers." (Times Higher Education, November 2010)"This is the book that we were all expecting from Christine Howe: truly interdisciplinary and at the crossroads of psychology and education. It is well-informed – a bridge between the many insights of researchers and educationalists from all over the world. But it also faces difficult issues, and puts them under the scrutiny of experimental and observational evidence without being afraid to go against some established beliefs. Compulsory reading for all those interested in the consequences of children's peer group experience in the classroom."
—Professor Anne-Nelly Perret-Clermont, Institute of Psychology and Education, University of Neuchâtel
"Christine Howe's thoroughly researched book offers a thoughtful analysis of the wide literature on children’s experiences of the peer group and its profound influence on their social, emotional and educational development. Practitioners and researchers will be enthralled and inspired by this sensitive and informed account of the social-cultural contexts in which children learn and grow."
—Helen Cowie, Research Professor, University of Surrey, UK
"This important book offers an engaging and accessible introduction to the contemporary literature concerning the developmental significance of children's peer groups. It is a distinctive work, not least because it emphasises the role of peers in children's well-being, when so much other work has chosen to focus on their negative impact."
—Professor Karen Littleton, The Open University, UK
“This is an excellent and timely book; scholarly and intellectually coherent, yet accessible to practitioners.”
—Peter Blatchford, University of London