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Understanding Children's Development, 5th Edition

October 2011, ©2011, Wiley-Blackwell
Understanding Children

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This leading child development text has been widely acclaimed for its international coverage and its rigorous research-based approach. It begins by introducing the ways in which psychologists study developmental processes before going on to consider all major aspects of development from conception through to adolescence.
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Table of Contents


Preface to Fifth Edition xxi

Acknowledgments xxv

PART I THEORIES AND METHODS 1

CHAPTER 1 Studying Development 3

CHAPTER 2 Biological and Cultural Theories of Development 31

PART II PRENATAL DEVELOPMENT AND BIRTH 77

CHAPTER 3 Prenatal Development and Birth 79

PART III THE SOCIAL WORLD OF THE CHILD 105

CHAPTER 4 Parents and Families 107

CHAPTER 5 Siblings and the Peer Group 159

CHAPTER 6 Developing Emotional Intelligence and Social Awareness 197

CHAPTER 7 Play 229

CHAPTER 8 Children and Media 261

CHAPTER 9 Helping Others and Moral Development 293

CHAPTER 10 Social Dominance, Aggression and Bullying 339

PART IV CHILDREN’S DEVELOPING MINDS 375

CHAPTER 11 Perception 377

CHAPTER 12 Language 403

CHAPTER 13 Cognition: Piaget’s Theory 441

CHAPTER 14 Cognition: The Information Processing Approach 471

CHAPTER 15 Children’s Understanding of Mind 511

CHAPTER 16 Learning in a Social Context 543

CHAPTER 17 Intelligence and Attainment 581

CHAPTER 18 Deprivation and Enrichment: Risk and Resilience 609

PART V ADOLESCENCE 649

CHAPTER 19 Adolescence 651

References 695

Index 783

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Author Information

Peter K. Smith is Professor of Psychology and Head of the Unit for School and Family Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Helen Cowie is Research Professor and Director of the UK Observatory for the Promotion of Non-Violence at the University of Surret in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.

Mark Blades is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Sheffield.

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New To This Edition

  • New and expanded chapters on antisocial behaviour and on children and media
  • New material on many topics such as: children and day care; developments in cognitive neuroscience; the physical punishment debate; changes in the adolescent brain
  • Extended coverage of pro-social behaviour, family contexts and involving children in research
  • Expanded artwork programme and full-colour design
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The Wiley Advantage

Each chapter provides lucid discussion of the material, enlivened by the inclusion of revealing case studies, real world examples, 'Stop and Think' boxes, and ideas for classroom debate.

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Reviews

This classic textbook provides an outstanding introduction to the field of developmental psychology. It is comprehensive in its coverage, and presents the latest developments in contemporary scholarship in a highly accessible format. It is a real pleasure to read. There is no better introductory level book on the market.” 
Professor Martyn Barrett, University of Surrey

This book is a comprehensive, accessible and valuable addition to the field of psychology. It provides extensive insights into current research and contemporary issues in the area with both clarity and authority. The book is highly recommended to anyone engaged with the research and practice of child development.” 
Marilyn Hackney, Manchester Metropolitan University

"This is definitely one of my favorite developmental textbooks! It´s very comprehensive and covers all the topics I cover in my courses and more."
C. Philip Hwang, Gothenburg University, Sweden

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Professor Reviews

"This classic textbook provides an oustanding introduction to the field of developmental psychology.  It is comprehensive in its coverage, and presents the latest developments in contemporary scholarship in a highly accessible format.  It is a real pleasure to read.  There is no better introductory level book on the market"

Martyn Barret, University of Surrey

"This book is a comprehensive, accessible and valuable addition to the field of psychology.  It provides extensive insights into current research and contemporary issues in the area with both clarity and authority.  The book is highly recommended to anyone engaged with the research and practice of child development."

Marilyn Hackney, Manchester Metropolitan University

"This is definitely one of my favourite developmental textbooks!  It's very comprehensive and covers all the topics I teach in my courses and more."

C. Philip Hwang, Gothenburg University, Sweden

 

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Understanding Children's Development, 5th Edition
ISBN : 978-1-4051-7601-9
830 pages
October 2011, ©2011
$69.95   BUY

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