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Child Development From Infancy to Adolescence

Child Development From Infancy to Adolescence
An Active Learning Approach

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January 2015 | 760 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

This exciting chronological introduction to child development employs the lauded active learning approach of Levine and Munsch’s successful topical text, inviting students to forge a personal connection to the latest topics shaping the field, including neuroscience, diversity, culture, play, and media. Using innovative pedagogy, Child Development From Infancy to Adolescence: An Active Learning Approach reveals a wide range of real-world applications for research and theory, creating an engaging learning experience that equips students with tools they can use long after the class ends.

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About the Authors
Part I: Issues, Theory, and Research in Child Development
Chapter 1. Issues in Child Development
Why Study Childhood?  
Understanding How Development Happens  
Contexts of Development  
Being a Smart Consumer of Information About Development  
Chapter 2. Theory and Research in Development
Why Theories of Development Are Important  
Theories of Child and Adolescent Development  
Research Methods  
Ethics in Research With Children and Adolescents  
Part II: Foundations of Child Development
Chapter 3. Nature Through Nurture: Genes and Environment
The Study of Genetics and Behavior  
How Do Genes Work?  
Genetic Disorders  
Behavioral Genetics  
The Interaction of Genes and Environment  
Chapter 4. Prenatal Development, Birth, and the Newborn
Prenatal Development  
Health and Risks in Pregnancy  
The Birth Experience  
The Newborn  
The Transition to Parenthood  
Part III: Infancy and Toddlerhood
Chapter 5. Physical Development in Infancy and Toddlerhood
Brain Development  
Sensation and Perception  
Infant Body Growth and Motor Development  
Health and Nutrition  
Chapter 6. Cognitive Development in Infancy and Toddlerhood
Piaget’s Theory of Cognitive Development  
Theory of Core Knowledge  
Cognitive Processes  
Infant Intelligence  
Language in Infancy  
Threats to and Supports for Cognitive and Language Development  
Chapter 7. Social and Emotional Development in Infancy and Toddlerhood
Emotions: Universality and Difference  
The Self in Infants and Toddlers  
Contexts of Development  
Part IV: Early Childhood
Chapter 8. Physical Development in Early Childhood
Body Growth and Changes  
Body Awareness, Body Image, and Sexuality  
Brain Development  
Health and Nutrition  
Illnesses and Threats to Health  
Child Maltreatment  
Chapter 9. Cognitive Development in Early Childhood
Piaget’s Theory of Cognitive Development: The Preoperational Stage (2–7 Years)  
Vygotsky’s Sociocultural Theory of Cognitive Development  
Cognitive Processes  
Play and Cognitive Development  
Language Development in Early Childhood  
Preacademic Skills: Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic  
Risk Factors and Supports for Cognitive and Language Development in Early Childhood  
Chapter 10. Social and Emotional Development in Early Childhood
Emotional Development in Early Childhood  
The Self in Preschoolers  
Development of Gender Identity  
Moral Development  
Family Relationships  
Peer Relationships and the Role of Play  
Risks, Resources, and Resilience  
Part V: Middle Childhood
Chapter 11. Physical Development in Middle Childhood
Body Growth and Changes  
Brain Development  
Health and Well-Being in Middle Childhood  
Physical Activity  
Children and the Natural World  
Chapter 12. Cognitive Development in Middle Childhood
Piaget’s Stage of Concrete Operations (7–12 Years)  
Cognitive Processes  
Language Development in Middle Childhood  
Cognitive Deficits and Intellectual Gifts  
Schools and Academic Achievement  
Chapter 13. Social and Emotional Development in Middle Childhood
The Self and Identity in School-Age Children  
Emotional Development and Emotional Problems  
Family Relationships  
Peer Relationships  
Media Use  
Stress, Coping, and Resilience  
Part VI: Adolescence
Chapter 14. Physical Development in Adolescence
Brain Development in Adolescence  
Body Growth and Changes in Adolescence  
Teens and Sexuality  
Health and Nutrition During Adolescence  
Stress and Coping in Adolescence  
Chapter 15. Cognitive Development in Adolescence
Piaget’s Stage of Formal Operations (12 Years and Older)  
Cognitive Processes  
Moral Judgment  
The Language of Teenagers  
Adolescent Cognitive Development in Context  
Chapter 16. Social and Emotional Development in Adolescence
The Self in Adolescence  
Family Relationships  
Peer Relationships  
Beyond Parents and Peers: Important Nonparental Adults  
The Daily Lives of Adolescents  
Emerging Adulthood  
Author Index
Subject Index


Instructor Teaching Site
The password-protected Instructor Resources site includes:

  • Test banks provide a diverse range of questions as well as the opportunity to edit any question and/or insert personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding
  • Sample course syllabi for semester and quarter courses provide suggested models for structuring a course
  • Editable, chapter-specific PowerPoint slides offer complete flexibility for creating a multimedia presentation for the course
  • Video and multimedia content includes new videos created by SAGE specifically for this book, featuring real-life demonstrations of some of the Active Learning exercises that appear throughout the text
  • Additional original videos created in several childcare settings illustrate important concepts from the book
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to full-text SAGE journal articles that have been carefully selected to support and expand on the concepts presented in each chapter to encourage students to think critically
  • Lecture notes summarize key concepts by chapter to assist in the preparation for lectures and class discussions
  • A course cartridge provides easy LMS integration
Student Study Site
The open access Student Resources site includes:

  • Mobile-friendly eFlashcards strengthen understanding of key terms and concepts
  • Mobile-friendly practice quizzes allow for independent assessment by students of their mastery of course material
  • A customized online action plan includes tips and feedback on progress through the course and materials, which allows students to individualize their learning experience
  • Learning objectives reinforce the most important material
  • Video and multimedia content includes new videos created by SAGE specifically for this book, featuring real-life demonstrations of some of the Active Learning exercises that appear throughout the text
  • Additional original videos created in several childcare settings illustrate important concepts from the book
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to full-text SAGE journal articles that have been carefully selected to support and expand on the concepts presented in each chapter

“This book will guide students to make the link between ‘book learning’ and real life experience with children and adolescents.” 

Maria Pagano, New York City College of Technology, CUNY

“I loved the active learning approach. It spoke to me as an educator. I feel that incorporating this type of learning into the classroom will generate more activity in the classroom setting.”

Helen I. Green, Cuyahoga Community College

“I found that the authors did a great job of telling the story of child development. Rather than each chapter being a series of facts and concepts, each chapter wove a clear concept thread throughout each of the sections, so [that] when you finished a chapter you had a well-sown fabric of understanding.”

Lisa Huffmann, Ball State University

“I particularly like the writing style and tone. I also find the active learning approach and exercises [to be] excellent.”

Sharon DeLeon, Fullerton College

“This book is far superior in terms of pedagogical features.” 

Michelle Tichy, University of Northern Iowa

“Again and again, Levine and Munsch seek to engage the reader. What could be better?”

Tim Dickel, Creighton University

Very good text that includes a comprehensive look at developmental norms, expectations & sequencing. Very accessible to read & apply.

Mrs Lisa Celine
Early Years Department, West Herts College
April 10, 2017

easy to follow and an easy read to further develop student understanding of child development

Mrs Helen Veronica McLaughlin
Early Childhood Education Department, Stranmillis University College
December 15, 2016

Although expensive this book contails all the information you need to know for child development

Mrs Karen Cooke
childhood studies, North Manchester Community College
October 17, 2016

This is an Outstanding text, that comprehensively explores a vast array of both educational and health related issues in childhood and adolescence. The text is full of vibrant illustrations and is further supported with on line video and multimedia materials. This high quality text is a source of invaluable information.

Miss Jackie Sumner
Childhood & Youth Studies, Edge Hill University
September 26, 2016
Key features


  • The hallmark active learning approach engages students in personal, real-world applications of research and theory throughout each chapter.
  • Chapter-opening Test Your Knowledge (T/F) assessments, revisited within the chapter, help students address common misconceptions about the field.
  • Journey of Research sections illuminate how research evolves and informs new ideas on key child development topics.
  • Robust pedagogy feature chapter-opening Learning Questions (linked to chapter summaries), Check Your Understanding questions, video links, and key terms.
  • Coverage of cutting-edge topics and the latest evidence-based research includes cultural neuroscience, developmental coordination disorder in the DSM-5, infant language acquisition and self-regulation, children and the natural world, the prevalence of childhood pathologies, the effects of parenting styles on children’s self-esteem and behavior, concussions/sports injuries, and more.
  • Active learning videos created specifically for the text bring this key feature to life by demonstrating a wide range of activities that involve interactions with infants, children, and adolescents. These activities and the videos that accompany them enhance student learning through personal experiences that illustrate ideas presented in the text.
  • A FREE interactive eBook that extends the active learning experience.
  • FREE SAGE edge online resources that include quizzes, personal action plans, and more. 

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