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An Introduction to Child Development

An Introduction to Child Development

Third Edition
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March 2016 | 456 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

An Introduction to Child Development, Third Edition provides undergraduate students in psychology and other disciplines with a comprehensive survey of the main areas of child development, from infancy through to adolescence, in a readily accessible format. It equips students with an appreciation of the critical issues, while providing balanced coverage of topics that represent both classic and cutting edge work in this vast and fascinating field.

The new edition has been fully updated and features:

  • Topical research examples from current literature in psychology, education, nursing and medicine including new material on fetal learning and the role of play
  • New and expanded sections covering key contemporary issues in cognitive, emotional and social development
  • New features such as 'Points for Reflection' boxes, designed to encourage the reader to reflect more deeply on the subject matter
  • Access to an enhanced SAGE Edge companion website which features online readings, Powerpoint Slides, ‘Test Yourself’ questions and much more (
This textbook is essential reading for undergraduate students taking an introductory course in child development or developmental psychology and provides a clear and accessible foundation for essays, assignments and other projects.

Introduction, Theories and Methods
The Principles of Developmental Psychology
Theories of Development
Introduction: What is a Theory?
Research Methodology in Developmental Psychology
The Biological Foundations of Development
The Biological Foundations of Development I: Physical Growth, Motor Development and Genetics
The Biological Foundations of Development II: The Developing Brain
The Development of Perception, Cognition and Language
Theories of Cognitive Development
Cognitive Processes
The Development of Language and Communication
Emotional, Social and Moral Development
Emotional Development
Social Development
Moral Development
Applied Human Development
Developmental Psychopathology


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For students
  • Interactive quizzes  
  • Free access to scholarly journal articles        
  • Weblinks          
  • Flashcard glossary        
  • Author-selected videos
For instructors
  • Instructors Manual        
  • PowerPoint slides        
  • Testbanks 

This is an accessible and informative book which introduces and explains key themes of the subject. The content is up to date and includes relevant and appropriate learning tasks for students to consolidate their learning.

Ms Rebecca Thorley
The Lifelong Learning Institute, Leeds University
November 8, 2016

A good overview and insight to theory and covers core themes embed as part of our programme. Easy to read and digest.

Mrs Gill Noble-Grey
Social Science , University of Cumbria
October 20, 2016

Does not link to the current content of the Foundation Degree in Education., but could prove useful as wider reading.

Miss Paula Dawn Ledson
Teaching, Learning and Standards, Riverside College Halton
October 12, 2016

Essential down to earth, detailed and easy to understand text which I have adopted for all students. They just get it and that makes their study more effective and enabling for the children they work with.

Mrs Eileen Mc Partland
Childcare Management, Liberties College
September 22, 2016

This is a great text for those who are interested in how children develop, what 'norm's are and how we as educators can help to develop all children.

Mrs Elizabeth Louise Flintoft
ITT, Bradford College
May 31, 2016

A detailed and informative book that will provide students with an excellent introductory grounding in child development

Dr Georgia Allen
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, York St John University
August 24, 2016

This is a key text that clearly presents a range of perspectives on child development in one volume. This is ideal for our students on our child development modules. I really like the style of presentation in the book and the use of colour to enhance accessibility.

Dr Kaz Stuart
Health, Med Sci & Soc Care (Lancaster), University of Cumbria
August 22, 2016

An excellent resource with detailed information relating to lifespan development in children; Relates well to Btec level 3 units 4 and 10

Miss Julie Anderson
Health , Tyne Metropolitan College
July 26, 2016

An excellent resources for students . A very informative academic text for child development.

Mr Rohit Sagoo
Centre For Health , Social & Child Care, City and Islington College
May 27, 2016

A well set out book with an accessible writing style which does not compromise on it's academic content.

Mrs Bec Buss
Social Work, Ruskin College
June 15, 2016

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