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Child Development
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Child Development
An Active Learning Approach

Fourth Edition
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January 2021 | 680 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
In the topically organized Child Development: An Active Learning Approach, Fourth Edition, authors Laura E. Levine and Joyce Munsch take students on an active journey toward understanding children and their development. Active Learning activities integrated throughout the text capture student interest and turn reading into an engaged learning process. Through the authors’ active learning philosophy, students are challenged to test their knowledge, confront common misconceptions, relate the material to their own experiences, and participate in real-world activities independently and with children. Because consuming research is equally important in the study of child development, Journey of Research features provide both historical context and its links to today’s cutting-edge research studies. Students will discover the excitement of studying child development while gaining skills they can use long after course completion.

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Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
PART I. UNDERSTANDING DEVELOPMENT: WHY AND HOW WE STUDY CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS
 
CHAPTER 1. Issues and Themes in Child Development
Why Study Child Development?

 
Understanding How Development Happens

 
Contexts of Development

 
Be a Smart Consumer of Information About Development

 
Conclusion

 
Chapter Summary

 
Key Terms

 
 
CHAPTER 2. Theories of Development
Why Theories of Development Are Important

 
Theories of Child and Adolescent Development

 
Theories of Child Development in Historical and Cultural Context

 
Conclusion

 
Chapter Summary

 
Key Terms

 
 
CHAPTER 3. How We Study Development
The Scientific Method

 
How Research Is Designed

 
Interpreting and Communicating the Results of a Study

 
Ethics in Research With Children and Adolescents

 
Conclusion

 
Chapter Summary

 
Key Terms

 
 
PART II. BIOLOGICAL BEGINNINGS AND PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT
 
CHAPTER 4. Nature Through Nurture: Genes and Environment
The Study of Genetics and Behavior

 
Molecular Genetics: Chromosomes, Genes, and DNA

 
Genetic Disorders

 
Behavioral Genetics

 
The Interaction of Genes and Environment

 
Conclusion

 
Chapter Summary

 
Key Terms

 
 
CHAPTER 5. Prenatal Development, the Newborn, and the Transition to Parenthood
Prenatal Development

 
Health and Risks in Pregnancy

 
The Birth Experience

 
The Newborn

 
The Transition to Parenthood

 
Conclusion

 
Chapter Summary

 
Key Terms

 
 
CHAPTER 6. Physical Development: The Brain and the Body
Brain Development

 
Development of the Senses

 
Body Growth and Changes

 
Motor Development

 
Nutrition

 
Conclusion

 
Chapter Summary

 
Key Terms

 
 
PART III. COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT
 
CHAPTER 7. Theories of Cognitive Development
Piaget’s Theory of Cognitive Development

 
Theory of Core Knowledge

 
Vygotsky’s Sociocultural Theory of Cognitive Development

 
Information Processing

 
Comparing Four Theories of Cognitive Development

 
Conclusion

 
Chapter Summary

 
Key Terms

 
 
CHAPTER 8. Intelligence and Academic Achievement
Defining and Assessing Intelligence

 
Variations in Intellectual Ability

 
Academic Achievement: Non-cognitive Factors

 
Group Differences in Academic Achievement

 
Academic Achievement: Learning in the School Context

 
Conclusion

 
Chapter Summary

 
Key Terms

 
 
CHAPTER 9. Language Development
Aspects of Language

 
Language and the Brain

 
Theories of Language Development

 
Stages of Language Development

 
Literacy: Reading and Writing

 
Bilingualism and Bilingual Education

 
Language Disorders

 
Conclusion

 
Chapter Summary

 
Key Terms

 
 
PART IV. SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT
 
CHAPTER 10. Emotional Development and Attachment
Emotions: Universality and Difference

 
Temperament

 
Emotion Regulation and Self-Control

 
Normal Emotions and Emotional Problems

 
The Development of Secure Attachment

 
Attachment Disorders

 
Conclusion

 
Chapter Summary

 
Key Terms

 
 
CHAPTER 11. Identity: The Self, Gender, and Moral Development
Development of Self-Concept

 
Development of Self-Esteem

 
Gender Identity

 
Ethnic and Racial Identity

 
Moral Identity

 
Conclusion

 
Chapter Summary

 
Key Terms

 
 
CHAPTER 12. Social Development: Social Cognition and Peer Relationships
Social Cognition: Theory of Mind

 
Peer Relationships in Infancy and Early Childhood

 
Peer Relationships in Middle Childhood

 
Adolescents: The World of Peers

 
Bullying, Cyberbullying, and School Violence

 
Conclusion

 
Chapter Summary

 
Key Terms

 
 
PART V. CONTEXTS FOR DEVELOPMENT
 
CHAPTER 13. Families
What Constitutes a Family?

 
Family Roles and Relationships

 
Socialization in Childhood and Adolescence

 
Interventions for a Better Family Life

 
Conclusion

 
Chapter Summary

 
Key Terms

 
 
CHAPTER 14. Activities, Media, and the Natural World
Unstructured Time and the Natural World

 
Electronic Media Use

 
Structured Time

 
The Role of Important Nonparental Adults

 
Conclusion

 
Chapter Summary

 
Key Terms

 
 
CHAPTER 15. Health, Well-Being, and Resilience
Stress and Coping

 
Physical Illness and Mental Disorders

 
Other Threats to Health and Well-Being

 
Challenges to Positive Child Development

 
Resilience

 
Conclusion

 
Chapter Summary

 
Key Terms

 
 
Glossary
 
References
 
Author Index
 
Subject Index

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