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Developmental Psychology: A Student's Handbook
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DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY: A STUDENT'S HANDBOOK

PAPERBACK BY HARRIS, MARGARET; BUTTERWORTH, GEORGE

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ISBN
9781841691923
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PSYCHOLOGY PRESS LTD
 
 
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TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD
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PAPERBACK
PAGES
384 pages
PUBLICATION DATE
18 APR 2002

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Developmental Psychology: A Student's Handbook is a major textbook that provides an up-to-date account of theory and research in the rapidly-changing field of child development. Margaret Harris and George Butterworth have produced an outstanding volume that includes recent research from Britain, Europe, and the USA. The text is designed for undergraduate students who have little or no prior knowledge of developmental psychology. Key features include: * Specially designed textbook features, such as key term definitions, chapter summaries, and annotated further reading sections * Over 95 figures and tables, to illustrate principles described in the text * Additional boxed material, to add further insight and aid understanding * Clear, user-friendly layout, to make topics easy to locate The book places developmental psychology in its historical context, tracing the emergence of the field as an independent discipline at the end of the 19th century, and following the radical changes that have occurred in our understanding of children's development since then. The development of the child is covered in sequence: through conception, pre-natal development, birth, infancy, and the pre-school years, to the achievements of the school years, and the changes that occur during adolescence. Each period is addressed in terms of cognitive, social, and linguistic development, including discussion of reading, spelling, and mathematical development. There is also consideration of comparative research concerning the development of cognitive abilities in other primates. Developmental Psychology: A Student's Handbook is essential reading for all undergraduate students of developmental psychology. It will also be of interest to those in education and healthcare studying child development.

CONTENTS

Part 1. A Framework for Developmental Psychology. Chapter 1. A Brief History of Developmental Psychology. The Developmental Principle. The Evolution of Development. The Emergence of Developmental Psychology. Fundamental Questions in Developmental Psychology. Chapter 2. Developmental Psychology in the 20th Century. Learning or Maturation: The Rise of Opposing Schools. Jean Piaget (1896-1980). Lev Semeonovich Vygotsky (1896-1934). John Bowlby (1907-1990). Chapter 3. Observing and Modelling Developmental Change. The Epigenetic Landscape. Stage Theories of Development. The Dynamic Systems Approach. The Connectionist Approach. Information-processing Approaches. Carrying Out Research in Developmental Psychology. Methods of Data Collection. Part 2. Early Development. Chapter 4. Development from Conception to Birth. Stages in Prenatal Development. Behaviour in the Foetus. Evolution and Development of the Brain. Sitting, Standing, and Walking. The Sensory Capacities of the Neonate. Childbirth. Chapter 5. Cognitive Development in Infancy. Piaget's Theory of Infant Cognition. Piaget's Account of the Development of the Object Concept. Infants' Perception of Objects: An Alternative to Piaget. Memory in Infancy. Reaching and Grasping. Chapter 6. Early Social Development. Recognising Oneself. Recognising Other People. Smiling and Social Recognition. Imitating Other People. Play. The Development of Attachment. Responses to Emotions. Differences in Interaction with Boys and Girls. Chapter 7. The Beginnings of Language Development. The Perception of Speech Sounds. The Development of Babbling. Learning to Say Words. The Social Context of Early Language Development. Part 3. The Preschool Years. Chapter 8. Language Development in the Preschool Years. Combining Words. Morphological Development. Inside-out Theories. Outside-in Theories. The Role of Language Input. Experimental Studies of Early Grammatical Understanding. The Language Abilities of Chimpanzees. Vocabulary Development in the School Years. Chapter 9. Cognitive Development in the Preschool Years. Piaget's Theory of Preoperational Reasoning. Criticisms of Piaget's Tests of Preoperational Thinking. Problem Solving. Reasoning by Analogy. Appearance and Reality. Children's Drawing. Chapter 10. Social Development in the Preschool Years. The Continuing Development of Self-recognition. The Development of Pretend Play. Fantasy and Imagination. Gender Differences in Play. The Development of Gender Identity. Social Cognition and Theory of Mind. Prosocial Behaviour. The Formation of Friendships. Part 4. The School Years. Chapter 11. Cognitive Development in Middle Childhood. Social and Biological Markers of Middle Childhood. Piaget's Theory of Concrete Operational Reasoning. Criticisms of Piaget's Account of Concrete Operational Reasoning. Developmental Changes in Problem Solving. Chapter 12. Learning to Read and Spell. Orthographic Regularity. Theories of Learning to Read. Learning to Read Alphabetic Scripts. Learning to Read Non-alphabetic Scripts. Predictors of Reading Success. Learning to Spell. Learning to Read and Write Braille. Difficulties with Learning to Read and Spell. Chapter 13. Learning to do Mathematics. Early Knowledge of Numbers. Learning to Count. Adding and Subtracting Objects. Adding and Subtracting Numbers. Cross-cultural Differences in Mathematical Ability. Chapter 14. Social Development in the School Years. Interactions with Other Children. Friendships. Bullying. Piagetian and neo-Piagetian Accounts of Moral Reasoning. Alternative Accounts of Moral Development. Emotional Development. Chapter 15. Adolescence. Social and Biological Markers of Adolescence.