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An Introduction to Child Development


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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 Perception 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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Thomas Keenan is currently a Professor in the School of Academic & Liberal Studies, Niagara College in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada. He is also an adjunct member of the Department of Psychology, Brock University. He is a developmental psychologist with interests in children's theory of mind, sarcasm & irony comprehension, and music. Subhadra Evans completed her PhD in Developmental Psychology at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. She is currently serving as Associate Professor in the UCLA Pediatric Pain and Palliative Care Program, where she researches the impact of chronic pain on family and social relationships, and the use of mind-body medicine to treat chronic pain. She also teaches courses on Child Development, Health Psychology and Introductory Psychology. Dr Kevin Crowley is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of South Wales. He has published research papers in a number of areas of child development, including bilingual language and literacy development, and play and learning in the early years.


This new and well-written edition will really help my students to understand developmental psychology. -- Jesper Herup Dammeyer This book pulls the reader into on-going and always current debates in the area of developmental psychology, providing an extraordinary combination of pedagogical challenge and inviting didactics. It stands out from other textbooks with its relevant and contemporary viewpoints on human development across the life span, covering theories of child development, including biological viewpoints, as well as methodological issues in child development research. Additionally, the structure of the chapters beginning with specific and clear learning aims and ending with 'test your knowledge' questions make this a fantastic textbook for both students to engage in a very pleasurable learning experience, and for lecturers who can therefore rely on an invaluable resource to support their teaching. -- Dr Susana Castro This textbook is a very good choice for an introductory course in developmental psychology. The text is well structured, it reads well, and it covers the main topics in an updated, engaging and comprehensible manner without being too voluminous. -- Berit Overa Johannesen

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