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Developmental Psychology and Early Childhood Education

Developmental Psychology and Early Childhood Education
A Guide for Students and Practitioners

December 2011 | 184 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

The importance of high quality early childhood education is now universally recognized, and this quality crucially depends upon the practitioners who work with our young children, and their deep understanding of how children develop and learn. This book makes a vital contribution to this understanding, providing authoritative reviews of key areas of research in developmental psychology, and demonstrating how these can inform practice in early years educational settings.

The book's major theme is the fundamental importance of young children developing as independent, self-regulating learners. It illustrates how good practice is based on four key principles which support and encourage this central aspect of development:

  • Secure attachment and emotional warmth
  • Feelings of control and agency
  • Cognitive challenge, adults supporting learning and learning from one another
  • Articulation about learning, and opportunities for self-expression

Each chapter includes:

  • Typical and significant questions which arise in practice related to that area of development
  • An up-to-date review of key research, including insights from observational and experimental work with young children, from evolutionary psychology, and from neuroscientific studies of the developing brain
  • Practical exercises intended to deepen understanding and to inform practice
  • Questions for discussion
  • Recommended further reading

This book provides an invaluable resource for early years students and practitioners, by summarizing new research findings and demonstrating how they can be translated into excellent early years practice.

Emotional Development
Social Development
Play, Development and Learning
Memory and Understanding
Learning and Language

Great book, important chapters that explain to students learning about Early childhood education, and how psychology underpins so much.

Dr Judy Sayers
School of Education, Leeds University
May 15, 2020

A great book which was very obviously written from a personal professional perspective which makes it engaging as well as informative for the reader.

Mrs Tracey Herbert
University Centre, Petroc
September 30, 2016

Sound coverage of cognitive development appropriate to new module commencing Sept 2016

Mrs Sally Tazewell
Dept of Care and Early Years, Weston College
November 30, 2015

This text book links well for the developmental units with clear information on many of the developmental psychologists, enabling students to link children's learning to theory, often a challenge faced by many students in their first year on a HND programme. The links to observations is useful, as is the reference to parenting styles which students discover during both development units and working with families. In the main, this is an excellent text for any student studying from level 3 and above as it links theory to practice beautifully, with clear diagrams and illustrations for easy reading.

Mrs Angela Mahon
Vocational Education , Manchester College of Arts & Techn.
October 26, 2015

Strongly suggest students purchase this book to support the Child Development module

Mrs Nicola Demetriadi
Childhood Studies : Early Years, Chichester University
October 2, 2015

This is a very interesting book which my students will find extremely helpful

Mrs Diane Forrester
Community Studies, Truro College
May 6, 2015

Very informative textbook

Mrs Diane Julie Forrester
Community Studies, Truro College
April 15, 2015

This book is really useful and will be utilsed in many modules on the Foundation Degree in Early Years. It gives students a clear background knowledge.

Mrs Claire Pescott
Dept of Care & Continuing Education, Ystrad Mynach College
March 26, 2015

With so many Psychology books being the size of loaf of bread it is nice to hold one which doesn't make my arm want to drop off. While this is a think book don't be fooled as it covered exactly what is needed for child development. If your looking to understand it in terms of PIES then you are in luck with this book.

Mr Liam Ward
Humanities, education and Social Science, Doncaster University Centre
March 20, 2015

This text is short and succinct so provides an excellent supplementary text to other books on children's learning and development. It is well compiled and an accessible read that can be used as a reference to understand developmental theory.

Miss Catherine Farnon
Faculty of Community Studies, Highlands College
June 18, 2014

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1