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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 

Useful, accessible guide

Mrs Vivien Michele Linington
Department of Education, University of Witwatersrand
February 27, 2016

I use this book with all three courses I run as each qualification has a module on development very useful

Mrs Carol M darwin
Higher education , Ashton Sixth Form College
April 11, 2016

An excellent supplementary text that provides a broad overview of theories central to this module.

Dr Peter Leadbetter
Health & Social Care, Edge Hill University
February 29, 2016

Excellent book related to child development well recommended for learnings completing Level 3 EYE course. Excellent case studies to give learners to complete.

Mrs kerry clayton
Childcare, The Maltings College
May 10, 2016

good range of topics covered within the text. Can be used within a variety of topics. Easy to read but includes professional vocabulary.

Mrs Sandra Dawn Swinhoe
Education , Newcastle College
April 11, 2016

This is an ideal texts for undergraduates trying to tackle and grasp the foundations of child development. It integrates original and current perspectives keeping the focus relevant, informative and comprehensive. An engaging, must read for psychology students.

Ms Barbara Elizabeth Hannigan
School of Psychology, University of Dublin, Trinity College Dublin
April 7, 2016

A well structured, engaging and comprehensible introductory textbook ideal for undergraduate studies.

Mr Kevin Zwierzchaczewski
Faculty of Education, Royal Academy of Dance
February 29, 2016

This text engages the reader with good use of colour and images, and is also a nice size and feel to read. A great introduction to child development with a good focus on developmental psychology, including detailed but approachable accounts of the main theoretical perspectives. Good coverage of both classic studies and contemporary research into areas such as neuroplasticity and epigenetics. The accompanying website is well worth a browse too!

Mrs Suzi Smale
Psychology, School of Arts & Science
March 15, 2016

Very useful book which thoroughly address all aspects of child development,

Mrs Nicola Stobbs
Institute of Education, Worcester University
February 24, 2016

A good book which adopts the psychological stance to child development. Some concepts are slightly advanced for the level 3 students and this would perhaps be more suitable for higher education. A wide range of topics covered within.

Mr Joe Murdoch
Childhood Studies, Isle of Wight College
April 11, 2016

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