This popular textbook is an authoritative chronological exploration of how the lives of children are shaped by biological and cultural factors. The book offers a lively, engaging, and always accessible examination of child development as a process involving the whole child within multiple, mutually influencing contexts.
Throughout, the emphasis is on how the interaction of biology and culture contributes both to the universal pathways of development shared by all children and to the diverse developmental patterns that unfold in the lives of individual children. This is an accessible introduction to Developmental Psychology for students taking courses that focus on child and adolescent development.
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Cynthia Lightfoot is Professor of Human Development and acting head of Psychology as the Pennsylvania State University, Brandywine. Michael Cole is an all-University of California Professor of Psychology, Communication, and Human Development. His home base is University of California, San Diego, where he is the Director of the Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition. Sheila R. Cole is a former journalist who specialized in writing about families, children, development, and education. She also writes books for children.
Part I: In the Beginning.- Chapter 2: Biocultural Foundations.- Chapter 3: Prenatal Development and Birth.- Part II: Infancy.- Chapter 4: The First 3 Months.- Chapter 5: Physical and Cognitive Development in Infancy.- Chapter 6: Social and Emotional Development in Infancy.- Part III: Early Childhood.- Chapter 7: Language Acquisition.- Chapter 8: Physical and Cognitive Development in Early Childhood.- Chapter 9: Social and Emotional Development in Early Childhood.- Chapter 10: Contexts of Development.- Part IV: Middle Childhood.- Chapter 11: Physical and Cognitive Development in Middle Childhood.- Chapter 12: School as Context for Development.- Chapter 13: Social and Emotional Development in Middle Childhood.- Part V: Adolescence.- Chapter 14: Physical and Cognitive Development in Adolescence.- Chapter 15: Social and Emotional Development in Adolescence.