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Child Development

Child Development
Understanding A Cultural Perspective

Second Edition
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April 2021 | 624 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Every child is born into a community, a society with a culture, in which they will live, grow and develop. Cultures lead to differences in children's physical development, and are also an essential component of every child's psychological development.

Taking a chronological approach, from prenatal development to adolescence, your knowledge of developmental psychology will grow with the child.   

To help you in your studies

·       Social, cognitive, emotional and physical aspects of development are interwoven to help you connect the material

·       You can read case studies from across the globe to enable you to compare cultures

·       Key research studies are highlighted to help you get to grips with the theory

·       You’ll be encouraged to ‘Stop and think’ and engage your critical skills

With this new edition we've reduced the number of chapters so it covers only what you need to know and we've added a glossary to help with understanding. 

This textbook is essential reading for undergraduate students taking an introductory course in child development or developmental psychology.

Chapter 1: Theoretical Perspectives in Developmental Psychology
Chapter 2: Evolution and Human Development
Chapter 3: Prenatal Development, Birth, and the Newborn (Conception to 6 weeks of age)
Chapter 4: Infancy—A Practical Understanding of the World (6 weeks—12 months)
Chapter 5: Infancy—Towards Biological Differentiation (6 weeks—12 months)
Chapter 6: Toddlerhood—A World of Irresistible Invitations (1 year—30 months)
Chapter 7: Toddlerhood—Towards Psychological Differentiation (1 year—30 months)
Chapter 8: Early Childhood—Captured by Appearances (3—6 years)
Chapter 9: Early Childhood—Origins of Verbal Thought (3—6 years)
Chapter 10: Middle Childhood—In Work and School (6—12 years)
Chapter 11: Middle Childhood—Understanding Institutional Roles (6—12 years)
Chapter 12: The Teenage Years—Adolescent or Adult? (12 years and up)
Chapter 13: The Teenage Years—Differentiation Between Actual and Possible (12 years and up)


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Instructor Resources (Log-in needed)

  • Test bank - a set of questions, for directed learning or assessment purposes as well as suggested activities for seminars.
  • PowerPoint slides - to get you started with your lecture material

Student Resources (Free to access)

  • Video links - URLs of the videos featured in the book with commentary from the author
  • 120+ Multiple-Choice Questions - designed for revision and exam preparation
  • Glossary flashcards with an audio function to check pronunciation of unfamiliar terms

I lead a Child Development first year module and find the white, western, middle class approach to child development so frustrating. What a refreshing book.

Lisa Cain
Middlesex University

This is an excellent textbook, and its content closely corresponds with what I cover in the module. I have requested that our Library get access to electronic version of this text.

Dr Mihela Erjavec
School of Psychology, Bangor University
August 22, 2023

An essential read for level 4 students who do not have a lot of experience within the sector. Adopted in the LRC.

Mrs karen Cooke
Sport and Public Services, The Manchester College
August 31, 2022

This book is an essential for anyone teaching child development

Professor Becky Ovenden
Health and Life Sciences, Wiltshire College
June 30, 2022

good level of detail on a wide variety of topics. suitable for various levels of study

Mrs Laura Stephanie Carter
early years and education, Cornwall College - Cambourne
November 21, 2022

Understanding the issues relating to cultural diversity and levelling up for disadvantaged children covered in this text from infancy to teenage children

Faculty Of Education (Ormskirk), Edge Hill University
August 5, 2022