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An Introduction to Child Development

An Introduction to Child Development

Third Edition
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April 2016 | 456 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

An Introduction to Child Development, Third Edition provides undergraduate students in psychology and other disciplines with a comprehensive survey of the main areas of child development, from infancy through to adolescence, in a readily accessible format. It equips students with an appreciation of the critical issues, while providing balanced coverage of topics that represent both classic and cutting edge work in this vast and fascinating field.

The new edition has been fully updated and features:

  • Topical research examples from current literature in psychology, education, nursing and medicine including new material on fetal learning and the role of play
  • New and expanded sections covering key contemporary issues in cognitive, emotional and social development
  • New features such as 'Points for Reflection' boxes, designed to encourage the reader to reflect more deeply on the subject matter
  • Access to an enhanced SAGE Edge companion website which features online readings, Powerpoint Slides, ‘Test Yourself’ questions and much more (
This textbook is essential reading for undergraduate students taking an introductory course in child development or developmental psychology and provides a clear and accessible foundation for essays, assignments and other projects.

Introduction, Theories and Methods
The Principles of Developmental Psychology
Theories of Development
Introduction: What is a Theory?
Research Methodology in Developmental Psychology
The Biological Foundations of Development
The Biological Foundations of Development I: Physical Growth, Motor Development and Genetics
The Biological Foundations of Development II: The Developing Brain
The Development of Perception, Cognition and Language
Theories of Cognitive Development
Cognitive Processes
The Development of Language and Communication
Emotional, Social and Moral Development
Emotional Development
Social Development
Moral Development
Applied Human Development
Developmental Psychopathology


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For students
  • Interactive quizzes  
  • Free access to scholarly journal articles        
  • Weblinks          
  • Flashcard glossary        
  • Author-selected videos
For instructors
  • Instructors Manual        
  • PowerPoint slides        
  • Testbanks 

Available in library - not on essential reading.

Miss Rose Hitchman
Health, Trowbridge College
June 4, 2019

This is an excellent text, covering the core issues of child development at a good level. In additition the reader will be encouraged to develop their ow; understanding at a deeper level.

Mr David Rawcliffe
Pre-Registration Nursing, University of West London
March 9, 2018

I thought this is a really excellent text for our students - who are clinical psychology students learning about child development to inform their clinical work with young people.

It strikes an excellent balance between being comprehensive and excessively detailed. The book is clearly written, and includes a good mix of theory and facts about development.

Dr William Mandy
Dept Clinical Health Psychology, University College London
December 14, 2016

This book is a good source, especially for novice professionals entering into the field of working with children. It addresses core issues in a manner which flows through the various developmental stages. It is great for undergraduate students.

Ms Cindy Melanie Swartbooi
Psychology , Cornerstone Institute
December 1, 2016

Very good and well rounded publication which fits with several of our BA (Hons) in Early Years modules making it a recommended choice for our students

Mr Neil Barnes
Department of Education, Colchester Institute
December 1, 2016

This text allows students to understand the importance of Child development and how variables can impact on their social, environmental and cognitive processes.

Miss Ella Malton
Department of Health & Social Studies, Grimsby Institute of HE And FE
November 17, 2016

This is an accessible and informative book which introduces and explains key themes of the subject. The content is up to date and includes relevant and appropriate learning tasks for students to consolidate their learning.

Ms Rebecca Thorley
The Lifelong Learning Institute, Leeds University
November 8, 2016

A good overview and insight to theory and covers core themes embed as part of our programme. Easy to read and digest.

Mrs Gill Noble-Grey
Social Science , University of Cumbria
October 20, 2016

Does not link to the current content of the Foundation Degree in Education., but could prove useful as wider reading.

Miss Paula Dawn Ledson
Teaching, Learning and Standards, Riverside College Halton
October 12, 2016

Essential down to earth, detailed and easy to understand text which I have adopted for all students. They just get it and that makes their study more effective and enabling for the children they work with.

Mrs Eileen Mc Partland
Childcare Management, Liberties College
September 22, 2016

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