Always reflective of the latest research and thinking in the field, Patricia Miller's acclaimed text offers an ideal way to help students understand and distinguish the major theoretical schools of child development. This fully updated new edition includes a new focus on biological theories of development, and offers new instructor resource materials.
Each major theory is discussed in terms of general orientation, mechanisms of development, its' strengths and weaknesses, its' applications, the historical context that led to its' development, and in an all new section the contemporary research associated with it.
Dr. Miller (Ph.D., University of Minnesota) is professor of psychology at San Francisco State University. She has held faculty positions at the University of Michigan, the University of Florida, and the University of Georgia and also has served as Department Head, Associate Dean, and Director of Women's Studies. Her research focuses on cognitive development during childhood. More specifically, she studies cognitive strategies, executive function, metacognition, memory, attention, social cognitive development, theory of mind, and gender.
Introduction.- Piaget's Cognitive-Stage Theory and the Neo-Piagetians.- Freud's and Erikson's Psychoanalytic Theories.- Vygotsky and the Sociocultural Approach.- Social Learning Theory.- Information-Processing Theory.- Ethology and Other Evolutionary Theories.- Gibson's Ecological Theory of Perceptual Development.- Contemporary Minitheories and Emerging Approaches.