Understanding Children's Development

Understanding Children's Development

Paperback Basic Psychology

By (author) Peter K. Smith, By (author) Helen Cowie, By (author) Mark Blades

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  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 830 pages
  • Dimensions: 188mm x 244mm x 32mm | 1,578g
  • Publication date: 3 October 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Chichester
  • ISBN 10: 1405176016
  • ISBN 13: 9781405176019
  • Edition: 5, Revised
  • Edition statement: 5th Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations, ports
  • Sales rank: 127,644

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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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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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"Understanding Children's Development" is the UK's best-selling developmental psychology textbook and has been widely acclaimed for its international coverage and rigorous research-based approach. This dynamic text emphasizes the practical and applied implications of developmental research. 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. For the fifth edition, the entire text has been updated to take account of developments in the field, whilst retaining all the content and features that have made it so popular amongst both students and lecturers. Major revisions include: New and expanded chapters on antisocial behavior 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 prosocial behavior, family contexts and involving children in research Expanded artwork program and full-color design 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. Online teaching and learning resources to accompany the text are available at www.wiley.com/college/smith

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