Children Today: With Media Companion CD-ROM

Children Today: With Media Companion CD-ROM

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For one-semester, first or second level course in Child Development for students in psychology, education, human development, or family studies. This volume offers a chronological, multidisciplinary and applied approach to child development. It explores the biological, physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of humans from conception through adolescence with a strong emphasis on cross-cultural experiences and an easy-to-read, accessible writing style.show more

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  • Mixed media product | 588 pages
  • 210.82 x 271.78 x 20.32mm | 1,179.33g
  • Pearson Canada, Toronto
  • Toronto, Canada
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • 013099085X
  • 9780130990853

Table of contents

Preface. I. HUMAN DEVELOPMENT: AN INTEGRATED STUDY OF THE LIFE SPAN. 1. Child Development: Perspectives, Processes and Research Methods. The Goals of Developmental Science. Key Terms and Concepts Related to the Study of Development. Historical, Socioeconomic, and Cultural Perspectives. Focus on an Issue: Canadian History and the Experiences of Children. The Systematic Study of Human Development. Focus on Application: Observing Children in Child-Care Centres. Focus on Application: Quiz on Being a Critical Consumer of Information. Research Ethics. Summary and Conclusions. 2. Theories of Child Development: An Introduction. Why Study Theories of Development? Learning Theories. Focus on Application: Recognizing Operant Conditioning in Everyday Life. Cognitive Theories. Focus on an Issue: Piaget in the Preschool. The Psychoanalytic Tradition. Humanistic Psychology. Ethology. Focus on an Issue: The Nurture Assumption: Why Children Turn Out the Way They Do. Neuroscience. Ecological Systems Theory. II. THE BEGINNINGS OF HUMAN LIFE. 3. Heredity and Environment. Principles and Processes of Molecular Genetics. Focus on Application: The Human Genome Project. Genetic Abnormalities. Genetic Counselling. Behavioural Genetics. Focus on an Issue: Identical Twins Reared Apart. The Interaction of Genetics and Environment. The Influence of Culture and Family on Development. Focus on Diversity: Male-Female Differences. Summary and Conclusions. 4. The Prenatal Period. Conception and Infertility. Prenatal Development. Periods of Prenatal Development. Focus on an Issue: Reproductive Technology: What are the Options? Focus on an Issue: Does the Fetus Learn? Prenatal Influences and Teratogens. Focus on an Issue: Smoking and Alcohol: The Effects on the Fetus. Focus on an Issue: Critical Thinking about Teratogens and Birth Defects. Summary and Conclusions. 5. Childbirth and the Neonate. The Sequence of Childbirth. Childbirth in Different Settings. The Neonate. Focus on an Issue: Emerging Fatherhood: Changing Roles. Focus on Application: Right from Birth: Building Your Child's Foundation for Life. Focus on Diversity: Infant Waking, Fussing, Crying, Feeding, and Sleeping: What Is the Range of "Normal"? Focus on an Issue: The "Kilogram Kids" Summary and Conclusions. III. INFANCY: THE FIRST TWO YEARS OF LIFE. 6. Infancy: Physical, Motor, and Cognitive Development. Infant and Toddler Competencies: An Overview. Focus on an Issue: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Nutrition and Malnutrition. Focus on Diversity: Trends in Breast-Feeding and Bottle-Feeding around the World. Perceptual Competence. Cognitive Development. Environmental Stimulation and Infant Competencies. Focus on an Issue: "Hothouse" Babies. Early Intervention. Summary and Conclusions. 7. Infancy: Developing Relationships. Attachment and Separation. Patterns of Early Relationships. Focus on Diversity: Attachment in Infants Afraid of Their Mothers. Fathers, Siblings, and the Family System. Focus on Diversity: Romanian Orphanage Children Adopted by Families in British Columbia. Maternal Employment. Focus on Diversity: Mothers Who Work Outside the Home in Atlantic Canada. Focus on Application: Health Inspectors of Child-Care Centres in Toronto. Child Rearing and Personality Development. Focus on an Issue: Setting Standards for Quality Day Care in Canada. Focus on Diversity: Looking for Causes of Difficult Temperament in Canadian Infants and Toddlers. Focus on Application: Successful Toilet Training. Summary and Conclusions. IV. EARLY CHILDHOOD. 8. Language: The Bridge from Infancy. Language Development. Language Beginnings. Focus on an Issue: The Study of Speech Perception in Infants Too Young to Speak. Language Complexities. Children's Conversations. Focus on an Issue: Is There a Critical Period for Learning Language? Bilingualism and Multilingualism. Focus on an Issue: Why Do Children Talk to Themselves? Summary and Conclusions. 9. Early Childhood: Physical Development. Physical Growth and Change. Physical-Motor Development. Environmental Factors Influencing Physical Development. Focus on Application: Children's Food Preferences. Focus on Application: Measuring Bacteria Levels in Ball Pit Play Areas. Health and Illness. Focus on an Issue: Helping Children Manage Pain. Summary and Conclusions. 10. Early Childhood: Developing Thought and Action. Theories Revisited. Developmental Issues and Coping Patterns. Aggression and Prosocial Behaviour. Understanding Self and Others. The Family Context. Focus on Diversity: To Spank or Not to Spank? The Effects of Television. Summary and Conclusions. 11. Early Childhood: Personality and Social Development. Cognitive Development. Focus on Application: Children's Eyewitness Testimony. Focus on Application: A Young Child's Conception of Death. Play and Learning. Focus on Application: Setting Up Play Centres to Foster Dramatic Play. Early Childhood Education. Summary and Conclusions. V. MIDDLE CHILDHOOD. 12. Middle Childhood: Physical Development. Physical Growth and Change. Focus on Application: Children's Concepts of Their Bodies. Vigorous Physical Activity. Health in School-Age Children. Focus on Application: Stress Reactions in Children. Focus on Application: Chronic Illness and Children's Peer Relationships. Physical Development and the School Environment. Focus on Application: Keeping the Fun in Sport. Summary and Conclusions. 13. Middle Childhood: Cognitive Development and School Tasks. Concrete Operational Thought. Information Processing. Focus on an Issue: Children's Humour: "Why Did the Cookie Cry?" Learning and Thinking in School. Focus on Application: Could a Child Who Has Wandered Off Find the Way Home? Focus on Application: Math Achievement Test Scores in Canadian Elementary Schools. Assessing Individual Differences. Learning Disabilities. Summary and Conclusions. 14. Middle Childhood: Personality and Social Development. Continuing Family Influences. Focus on Diversity: Stepfamilies and Blended Families. Social Knowledge. Focus on an Issue: Canadian Research on Playground Aggression and Bullying. Focus on Application: After-School Care Programs and Children's Social Development. Peer Relationships and Social Competence. Focus on an Issue: Nicknames. Self-Concepts. Summary and Conclusions. VI. ADOLESCENCE. 15. Adolescence: A Time of Transition. Development in a Cultural and Historical Context. Physical Maturation. Focus on an Issue: Changing Sleep Habits in Adolescence. Focus on an Issue: a Are Adolescents the Victims of Raging Hormones? Focus on an issue: Anorexia and Bulimia. Gender Identity and Sexual Practices. Focus on an Issue: What Do Parents in Southern Ontario Think about Sex Education in School? Cognitive Changes in Adolescence. Focus on an Issue: Why Do Adolescents Drop Out of School? Summary and Conclusions. 16. Adolescence: Social and Personality Development. Developmental Tasks in Adolescence. Adolescence and the Family. Focus on an Issue: Out of School Care of Young Adolescents. Values, Ideals, and Moral Development. Focus on Application: Youth Gambling in Quebec. Peers, Friends, and the Social Environment. Focus on an Issue: Adolescent Suicide. Focus on Application: Prevention of Youth Violence. Summary and Conclusions. Glossary. References. Name Index. Subject Index.show more