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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

A great resource for teaching life stages as contains lots of information

Mrs Deborah Tatton
Social Work , Newcastle-under-Lyme College
September 25, 2016

This book offered a comprehensive insight into child decelopment. It is detailed and provides an international perspective as it is American. It would be a useful read for modules such as the child in society and theories in child development. I will make it available for my students to read.

Miss Adeana Robinson
Dept of Health Care & Early Years, Basingstoke College of Technology
September 11, 2016

A very comprehensive book that provides a detailed introduction to child development

Dr Georgia Allen
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, York St John University
August 24, 2016

This very well written text is comprehensive. It provides relevant information for UG and PG learners.

Miss Alyson Lewis
Department of Educational Studies, Bath Spa University
July 1, 2016

This is an indepth book looking at child development. It is a helpful reference book for student social workers who are working with children and families as it will help them to gain the basic knowledge of child development which they will require for their assessment and interventions.

Mrs Hayley Elizabeth Palfreyman
School of Social Work, Kingston University
February 24, 2016

This is an extremely detailed text which covers a wide range of topics relating to Child Development whilst also managing to be easily accessible to the reader due to its engaging writing style and the use of relevant images and activities throughout. Developmental theories are explained thoroughly yet clearly, with good examples relating theory to practice. I would particularly recommend this to Psychology students considering a career working with children either in a teaching or SEN capacity. A great read!

Mrs Suzi Smale
Psychology , Petroc
February 16, 2016

useful for life stages unit and PILES development.

Mrs Mel Aubrey
Health , Newcastle-under-Lyme College
February 10, 2016

Restricted mental health application

Miss Harjinder Kaur- Aujla
School of Nursing and Midwifery, Keele University
January 29, 2016

A core text for any student wanting to gain a basic understanding of child development. Easy to follow with good use of examples. An excellent source for undergraduate students.

Miss Rachel Emily Evenden
School of Social Sciences, Northampton University
January 28, 2016

This is very useful and well-written, student-friendly book including almost everything that current and future educators as well as everyone working with children should know about children holistic development from conception to birth and form birth to childhood and adolescence. Its rich content consists of both literature-based and research-based paradigms along with practical helpful tips and pedagogical examples; all invaluable elements especially for practitioners who can use this book in order to expand their knowledge and enhance their teaching skills, maximize their potential and develop a critical thinking and reflections on their current skills and practice which should be informed by the most important learning and psychological theories explored by this book.

Dr Kyriakos Demetriou
Education , Liverpool Hope University
January 21, 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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