Child Development and Education is a comprehensive child development text written especially for educators. It helps students to translate developmental theories into practical implications for teaching and caring for youngsters with diverse backgrounds, characteristics and needs. The text draws from innumerable theoretical concepts, research studies conducted around the world and the authors' own experiences as parents, teachers, psychologists and researchers to identify strategies for promoting young people's physical, cognitive and social-emotional growth. In this Australian edition, contemporary Australian and New Zealand research has been highlighted, and local educational structures, philosophies and controversies have been reflected.
PART 1: Foundations in Child Development 1: Making a Difference in the Lives of Children and Adolescents 2: Using Research to Understand Children and Adolescents 3: Family, Culture, and Community PART 2: Biological Development 4: Biological Beginnings 5: Physical Development PART 3: Cognitive Development 6: Cognitive Development: Piaget and Vygotsky 7: Cognitive Development: Cognitive Processes 8: Intelligence 9: Language Development 10: Development in the Academic Domains PART 4: Social and Emotional Development 11: Emotional Development 12: Development of Self and Social Understandings 13: Development of Motivation and Self-Regulation 14: Development of Morality and Interpersonal Behaviours 15: Peers, Schools, and Society
Continually relates theories and research to educational practices in Australian and New Zealand educational settings Describes and demonstrates developmental phenomena Guides observations of children and adolescents Facilitates analysis of what children and adolescents say, do and create Offers concrete strategies for effective teaching of, and care for, children and adolescents Key Learning Pedagogy: Development and Practice features offer concrete strategies for facilitating children's development. To help readers move from research to practice, each strategy is followed by an example of a professional using that strategy in a classroom or other setting. You will find examples under the Development and Practice heading throughout the text. Throughout the book Observation Guidelines tables are included. These tables offer specific characteristics to look for, present illustrative examples and provide specific recommendations for practitioners. Each chapter ends with a section called Applying Concepts in Child Development. Included in this section are Interpreting Children's Artefacts and Reflections features that give readers practice in evaluating and interpreting children's work and statements, and Developmental Trends Exercises that provide scenarios connected to developmental concepts and allow readers to practise applying their knowledge of development. Each chapter opens with an authentic local or international case study, introducing the topic with an applied example. At the end of each chapter there are 4-5 discussion questions which relate back to the opening case study, challenging students to apply their own new understanding of the topic to the situation Most chapters have one or more Developmental Trends tables that highlight the developmental differences that readers are apt to observe in infancy (birth-2 years), early childhood (2-6 years), middle childhood (6-10 years), early adolescence (10-14 years), and late adolescence (14-18 years). The diversity of potential observations is highlighted, and implications for practice are offered.