August 2010, ©2011
Throughout Social Development, authors Ross D. Parke & Alison Clarke-Stewart highlight cultural variations from around the world and within our own society. They emphasize the biological underpinnings within the field of social development in a separate chapter (Chapter 3), and present discussion of research on the cutting edge of the field to capture the excitement of recent advances in this area.
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Part I Theories, Themes, and Tools for Discovery.
Chapter 1 Introduction: Theories of Social Development.
Chapter 2 Research Methods: Tools for Discovery.
Part II Early Tasks of Social Development.
Chapter 3 Biological Foundations: Genes, Temperament, and More.
Chapter 4 Attachment: Learning to Love.
Chapter 5 Emotions: Thoughts about Feelings.
Chapter 6 Self and Other: Getting to Know Me, Getting to Know You.
Part III Contexts of Social Development.
Chapter 7 Family: Early and Enduring Influences.
Chapter 8 Peers: The Wider World of Social Development.
Chapter 9 Schools and Media: Children in an Electronic Age.
Part IV Processes and Products of Social Development.
Chapter 10 Sex and Gender: Vive la Différence?
Chapter 11 Morality: Knowing Right, Doing Good.
Chapter 12 Aggression: Insult and Injury.
Part V Policy and Prospects.
Chapter 13 Policy: Improving Children's Lives.
Chapter 14 Overarching Themes: Integrating Social Development.
- An emphasis on cultural diversity: Each chapter illustrates cultural variations both in the text and in highlighted sections that provide a more detailed examination of a particular culture or cultural issue.
- An emphasis on biological underpinnings: In the last decade, there has been increased recognition that to understand social development, it is necessary to probe its biological underpinnings. This text devotes a separate chapter to biological influences on social development, and also introduces biological factors in discussions of specific aspects of social development throughout the book.
- Concern with Social Policy: Every year governments spend millions of dollars on programs for children. Parke & Stewart-Clarke review many of these policies and programs aimed at improving the social lives of children, underscoring the fact that there is a constant interplay between basic research and social policy for children.
- Throughout the book there are eight highlighted sections
addressing contemporary themes and interesting issues in social
- “Into Adulthood” sections largely
focuse on social development in infancy, childhood, and
adolescence. However, because social development does not stop
there, these highlights illustrate:
- how social behavior changes in adulthood,
- how adult social behavior is influenced by earlier events in childhood, and
- how adolescents manage the transition to adulthood.
- “Research Up Close” looks at a single study or set of studies in detail to provide students with a fuller appreciation of the methodological complexities of research on social development.
- “Real World Application” sections provide examples of how basic science is translated into real-world applications - such as new ways of controlling violence, school programs for improving children’s social skills, and consequences of cyberbullying.
- “Cultural Contexts” sections identify descriptions of differences and similarities in children’s temperaments, attachment relationships, and self-concepts around the globe.
- “Bet You Thought That…” challenges the readers’ assumptions about how social development works by providing counter-intuitive illustrations.
- “Insights from Extremes” shows how extreme cases have led to insights about social development.
- “Learning from Living Leaders” puts a face on researchers in the field and shows readers some of the paths that lead to becoming a research leader.
- “At the Movies” sections describe recent movies that illuminate important themes in each chapter; for example, Juno, an atypical example of teen pregnancy, Mean Girls, an illustration of relational aggression in high school, and Gone Baby Gone, a demonstration of different levels of moral reasoning.
- “Into Adulthood” sections largely focuse on social development in infancy, childhood, and adolescence. However, because social development does not stop there, these highlights illustrate:
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