An Introduction to Developmental Psychology, 2nd Edition
August 2011, ©2010
For the second edition, An Introduction to Developmental Psychology is now part of the BPS Blackwell series - the only series to be approved by the British Psychological Society.
Part I INTRODUCTION.
1 The Scope and Methods of Developmental Psychology(Alan Slater, Scott P. Johnson, Darwin Muir).
2 Theories and Issues in Child Development(Scott P. Johnson, Alan Slater, Ian Hocking).
3 The Nature-Nurture Issue (An Illustration Using Behavior-Genetic Research on Cognitive Development)(Elisa A. Esposito, Elena L. Grigorenko, Robert J. Sternberg).
PART II INFANCY.
4 Prenatal Development(Christine Moon and William P. Fifer).
5 Perception, knowledge, and action in infancy(J. Gavin Bremner).
6 Emotional development and attachment relationships(Elizabeth Meins).
7 Social Interaction and the Beginnings of Communication(H. Rudolph Schaffer).
8 The Development of Self and Gender(Wendy Lawrenson).
PART III CHILDHOOD.
9 Cognitive Development(Margaret Anne Defeyter).
10 The Development of Language(Heather M. Hill, Stan A. Kuczaj II).
11 Acquiring a Theory of Mind(Peter Mitchell).
12 Reading and mathematics in developmental psychology(Peter Bryant).
13 Memory Development and Eyewitness Testimony(Stephen J. Ceci Stanka A. Fitneva Cagla Aydin Nadia Chernyak).
14 Play and the beginnings of Peer Relationships(Peter K Smith).
15 Prosocial Tendencies, Antisocial Behavior, and Moral Development in Childhood(Daniel Hart, Nyeema Watson, Anandini Dar, and Robert Atkins).
PART IV ADOLESCENCE.
16 Cognitive Development In Adolescence(Kang Lee, Gizelle Anzures, & Alejo Freire).
17 Social Development(William M. Bukowski, Tanya Bergevin, and Richard Miners).
PART V PRACTICAL ISSUES.
18 Educational implications(Alyson Davis & Naomi Winstone).
19 Risk and Resilience in Development(Leslie Morrison Gutman and Eirini Flouri).
20 Social problems in schools(Peter K Smith, Julian Elliott).
21 Atypical Development and Risk factors(Sarah Norgate).
- Additional chapters to fit within the current BPS syllabus in developmental psychology, including coverage of infants' and children's cognitive development, social development, gender socialisation and the development of identity, as well as covering atypical development, schooling issues, and risk and resilience.
- New and enhanced full-colour page design
- Written to an understandable level by an international team of respected researchers, conveying their knowledge with enthusiasm and skill
- Full supporting materials – chapter overviews, discussion questions, suggestions for further reading, and glossary
- Chapters covering applied issues in developmental psychology
"an informative textbook that undergraduates and postgraduates
would benefit from ... It is a definite choice for my reading
list." Janine Spencer, Brunel University, The Times Higher
Education Supplement, March 26 2004
"In this new Introduction to Developmental Psychology richly
illustrated chapters cover infancy, childhood, and adolescence in a
concise and stimulating way. In the first section of the book,
developmental theory and methodology is discussed with special
emphasis on the complex nurture-nature transactions shaping the
child’s development. In a closing section educational and
clinical implications of developmental research are presented.
Leaders in the field document the tremendous advances made in
developmental psychology that now is coming of age. This
Introduction is truly international in presenting not only American
but also European contributions to developmental science.
Undergraduate students are supported in their study of this book by
the lists of key-concepts, and the overview with which each chapter
starts. Anecdotes about children, graphs of empirical results,
pictures of experimental apparatus, and a set of discussion points
at the end of each chapter facilitate the students’
understanding of developmental achievements. The combined efforts
of specialists in their respective fields lead to an Introduction
which at the same time is a balanced and comprehensive
state-of-the-art of current developmental psychology." Professor
Marinus Van IJzendoorn, Leiden University
"If you are looking for an introduction to developmental
psychology that is rigorous, thoughtful and comprehensive, look no
further. Two distinguished British psychologists - Alan Slater and
Gavin Bremner have assembled an international set of experts to
bring you the latest and the best research from virtually every
corner of this exciting field. Students new to the subject - and
teachers who have taught it for many years - will both enjoy this
innovative text." Paul Harris, Harvard Graduate School of
"The book looks to be singularly easy to teach from. The diversity of psychology has been coped with by a selection of research-oriented writers. Manageable chunks of interesting information have been organised through firm editorial control." Norman Freeman, Professor of Psychology, University of Bristol
Dr Dawn Watling, Royal Holloway, University of London
"This text sets out both what is enduring and what is new in the science of developmental psychology. It introduces fundamental theoretical issues as well as important applications in the classroom, the courtroom and the clinic. Students who read this text will get a clear sense of the range and excitement of the field."
Paul Harris, Professor of Human Development and Psychology, Harvard Graduate School of Education
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