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This book has it all – key concepts, practical examples, riveting research, and critical thinking. This conceptual approach will help students see the big picture as well as specific snapshots into the life of the developing child.
Professor Mercer has taken great care to explain the complexities of conceptual thinking in child development – the way metaphors can help us put words to the unobservable, but also how that can then constrain our thinking about the process. And she does this in a very accessible way, right across child development. Importantly, this includes attention is given to development that takes place before birth, rather than with the neonate.
This is an engaging and accomplished book, cautiously and critically reviewing a range of complex literatures on child development. It will equip students with a skeptical and questioning approach to some of the claims routinely made about child development and parenting and encourage them to ask the right questions of themselves and others.
this provides an in depth view of child development and supports learning beyond milestones and into deeper understanding of human growth and development
A very useful book for a more detailed analysis of child development particularly useful in relation to protecting and safeguarding children and young people in understanding theoretical concepts.
A very good short introduction to the concepts and theories within Child Development. Useful for both tutors and students. Very readable and clear layout.
This text is a really good introduction to issues relating to child development, with useful guidance on additional reading sources. The key concepts are explained clearly, with a good level of critical analysis considering researching these issues. Engaging case studies are used throughout to allow the reader the opportunity to apply their knowledge. A great text for undergraduates studying developmental psychology, early childhood studies or teaching.
Excellent book and it is insightful and informative for my students.
well written, drawing on theory and applying on practice, provid8ng challenges to understanding and developmental for the reader too.
This is a text that will be included on my reading list. For newer students this is a great starting point
This book looks at the areas of development in a way that gives that practical application - the practical purposes boxes are particularly helpful in joining up the learning to practice. Also the research examples are useful as students progress through their course and begin to consider topics for dissertation