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Child Development

Child Development
An Active Learning Approach

Second Edition

August 2013 | 728 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

With its hallmark active learning approach, the second edition of this topically-organized text is the most interactive introduction to child development today. Dynamic learning activities in each chapter invite 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: 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.

Take a tour of Chapter 9: Language Development from the Interactive E-Book online!

Chapter 1. Introduction: Why We Study the Development of Children and Adolescents
Chapter 2. Theories of Development
Chapter 3. How We Study Development
CHAPTER 4. How Children Develop: Nature Through Nurture
Chapter 5. Prenatal Development, Birth and the Newborn
Part III. Building Blocks of Development: How Children Grow
Chapter 6. Physical Development: The Body and the Brain
Chapter 7. Cognitive Development
Chapter 8. Intelligence and Academic Achievement
Chapter 9. Language Development
Chapter 10. Emotional Development and Attachment
Chapter 11. Identity: The Self, Gender, and Moral Development
Chapter 12. Social Development
Chapter 13. Families
Chapter 14. Beyond Family and School: Activities, Media and the Natural World
Chapter 15. Health, Well-being and Resilience

“Levine and Munsch have made an excellent contribution to the texts available to those of us who teach child and adolescent development – both at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  I was excited to use the text when I reviewed it for potential adoption, and after this second review, I am even more excited.  I do not see any key weaknesses but do see the many strengths…”
                    —Charles Dickel, Creighton University

Charles Dickel
Creighton University

“The book is great! I would recommend it to anyone teaching a course in Child and Adolescent Development.”
—Dan Nyaronga, SUNY Empire State College-Saratoga

Dan Nyaronga
SUNY Empire State College-Saratoga

“I really like this book. I love all of the resources, the book itself is clear and provides a lot of information, and I will definitely adopt it again.”
                        —Kelly Cotter, California State University-Sacramento

Kelly Cotter
California State University-Sacramento

“The strengths of this text are the topics presented…, the reading level of the text, the resources in the chapters, pictures, charts, Active Learning, Research, etc. I would adopt the [second] edition of the text for all of the above.”
                    —Sharon Carter, Davidson County Community College-Lexington

Sharon Carter
Davidson County Community College-Lexington

“This is an extremely well written text.  The authors can be commended for the depth and scope of the content . . . easily accessible to students.”
                        —Dawn Witt, California State University-Channel Islands

Dawn Witt
California State University-Channel Islands

“My overall assessment of this text book is that it is well done…it engages the students in the material but [is] also very cost effective. I especially enjoyed how thorough the book was but that it was not too research focused or boring to the reader. In addition, having access to the Extended Journey in Research and SAGE [journal] articles is a major strength.”
            —Nicole Surething, Christopher Newport University

Nicole Surething
Christopher Newport University

“In their preface, authors Laura Levine and Joyce Munsch emphasize the need for a child development book that enables students to create meaningful learning experiences.  This text has succeeded in achieving their goal.”

“The many strengths of this text attest to the success of Levine and Munsch in creating a comprehensive and well-written overview of child development.” 
                    —Dalia Gefen, Iona College

Dalia Gefen
Psychology Department, Iona college
Psychology Learning and Teaching

The book covers a wide area of child development and in great detail too. Ideal for level 4/5 students. The prenatal to birth section is excellent for students studying level 3 as it ties in with one of their units which is a great resource.
Testing knowledge i've used asome starters for the beginning of the lesson to recap previous which are helpful when planning.

Miss Claire Louise Hill
Education Department, Newcastle College
October 11, 2016

essential to new course

Mrs Helen Newman
Chippenham Campus, Wiltshire College
September 23, 2016

Very comprehensive information across the age ranges

Mrs Helen Newman - B111
Education , Trowbridge College
February 9, 2016
Key features


• An active learning approach that integrates dynamic activities throughout each chapter to engage students in personal, real-world applications of research and theory. An even wider variety of activities are included in this edition, demonstrating such topics as working memory, false memory, executive function, and mirror neurons at work.

• An interactive eBook version of the text (available for the first time!) that reinforces active learning for today's students.

• Coverage of cutting-edge topics, such as children in the natural world; homelessness; trauma and toxic stress; sex trafficking of children; generalist genes; cultural neuroscience; preverbal language perception and brain development; fuzzy trace theory; false belief understanding in very young children; and concussions and other sports injuries.

• Test Your Knowledge (true/false) assessments that begin each chapter, helping students address their misconceptions about the field, and Journey of Research pedagogy that illuminates how research evolves and shapes new ideas for key topics in child development.

• Expanded and updated information throughout the text, including gender differences in prenatal brain development; autism spectrum disorders (prevalence and causes); autobiographical memory and its relation to the sense of self; nutrition and development; ADHD; cultural test bias; the effectiveness of Head Start; children's exposure to pesticides and lead; and the prevalence of single parenting.

• Over 470 new citations—more than half as recent as 2010 – 2013.

• Instructor and student study sites, access to relevant full-text articles from SAGE’s leading research journals, and new videos created specifically for the text that include examples of children involved in activities described in the chapters as well as interviews with caregivers and teachers. In addition, the authors introduce the highlights of each chapter in brief videos.

Sample Materials & Chapters

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