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Appealing to the many different backgrounds and career goals of individuals interested in child development, this book offers current and balanced coverage of theory and research--with a focus on the application of that research. This chronologically arranged text is filled with useful learning tools. Feldman's unique approach illustrates the scope and diversity of the field of child and adolescent psychology and capitalizes on readers' inherent interest in the subject by asking them to relate what they are learning to their own experiences.
A lively conversational writing style helps to create dynamic and engaging coverage of many chapter topics, including: behavioral genetics, ethnography, brain development, cultural differences in autobiographical memories, emotional intelligence, emotional regulation and relational aggression, home schooling, teenage stress, alcohol consumption, use of Prozac and childhood depression, adolescent Web surfing, and the downside of self-esteem.For individuals with careers and/or an interest in the file of child and adolescent development.
From the Inside Flap
Child development is a unique field of study. Unlike other disciplines, each of us has experience with its subject matter in very personal ways. It is a discipline that deals not just with ideas and concepts and theories, but one that above all has at its heart the forces that have made each of us who we are.
This text, Child Development, second edition, seeks to capture the discipline in a way that sparks and nurtures and shapes readers' interest. It is meant to excite students about the field, to draw them into its way of looking at the world, and to mold their understanding of developmental issues. By exposing readers to both the current content and the promise inherent in child and adolescent development, the text is designed to keep interest in the discipline alive long after students' formal study of the field has ended. Overview
Child Development, second edition, provides a broad overview of the field of development. It covers the full range of childhood and adolescence, from the moment of conception through the end of adolescence. The text furnishes a broad, comprehensive introduction to the field, covering basic theories and research findings, as well as highlighting current applications outside the laboratory. It covers childhood and adolescence chronologically, encompassing the prenatal period, infancy and toddlerhood, the preschool years, middle childhood, and adolescence. Within these periods, it focuses on physical, cognitive, and social and personality development.
The book seeks to accomplish the following four major goals:
First and foremost, the book is designed to provide a broad, balanced overview of the field of child development. It introduces readers to the theories, research, and applications that constitute the discipline, examining both the traditional areas of the field as well as more recent innovations.
The Philosophy Behind Child Development, Second Edition. Child Development, second edition, blends and integrates theory, research, and applications. It is not an applied development book, focused solely on techniques for translating the knowledge base a development into answers to societal problems. Nor is it a theory-oriented volume, concentrating primarily on the field's abstract theories. Instead, the focus of the text is on the scope and breadth of human development during childhood and adolescence. The strategy of concentrating on the scope of the field permits the text to examine both the traditional core areas of the field, as well as evolving, nontraditional areas of development.
Furthermore, the book focuses on the here-and-now, rather than attempting to provide a detailed historical record of the field. Although it draws on the past where appropriate, does so with a view toward delineating the field as it now stands and the directions toward which it is evolving. Similarly, while providing descriptions of classic studies, the emphasis is more on current research findings and trends.
Overall, then, the book provides a broad overview of child and adolescent development integrating the theory, research, and applications of the discipline. It is meant to be a book that readers will want to keep in their own personal libraries, one that they will take off the shelf when considering problems related to that most intriguing of questions: How do people get to be the way they are?
The Specific Features of Child Development, Second Edition. CHAPTER-OPENING PROLOGUES:
A considerable number of new topics and areas have been added to the second edition. For example, the coverage of behavioral genetics, cloning, evolutionary approaches, and Vygotsky receive significant new coverage. In addition, a wealth of contemporary research is cited in this edition. Hundreds of new research citations have been added, most from the last few years.
A sampling of topics that have been either newly included or expanded also illustrate the scope of the revision; they include new material on ethnography, gene therapy, new breast-feeding guidelines, automaticity in information processing, the NICHD study on infant care, memory and eyewitness testimony of children, use of Prozac and childhood depression, emotional intelligence, adolescent Web surfing, the downside of self esteem, racial and ethnic identity formation.
Furthermore, several entirely new features have been added to the second edition. As mentioned earlier, each chapter contains Child.Links that direct readers to the Child Development second edition, web site, where they will be directed to specific sites relevant to the topic being discussed. In addition, every chapter now ends with an Epilogue that includes critical thinking questions regarding the chapter Prologue, tying the material in the chapter together. ANCILLARIES
Child Development, second edition, is accompanied by a superb set of ancillary teaching materials. They include the following: For the Instructor
Instructor's Resource Manual: Prepared by Mark Rittman of Cuyahoga Community College, this manual contains a wealth of teaching tips and creative ideas for new and experienced instructors alike. Each chapter includes learning objectives, key terms/concepts, a chapter on line, lecture suggestions, demonstrations and activities, teaching tips, suggestions for student projects, transparency suggestions, handouts, and video resources for each chapter.
Test Item File: Prepared by Vincent Punzo of Earlham College, this test bank contains over 3,000 multiple-choice, true/false, short-answer, and essay questions that test factual, applied, and conceptual knowledge.
Prentice Hall Test Manager: One of the best-selling test-generating software programs on the market, Test Manager is available in Windows and Macintosh formats and contains a Gradebook, Online Network Testing, and many tools to help you edit and create tests. The program comes with full technical support and telephone "Request a Test" service.
Prentice Hall's Color Transparencies for Human Development: Designed in large-type format for lecture settings, these full-color overhead transparencies add visual appeal to your lectures by augmenting the visuals in the text with a variety of new illustrations.
PowerPoint Slides and On-line Graphics Archive: Available in the Faculty Module the Companion Website at prenhall/feldman, each chapter's art has been digitized and is available for download into any presentation software. Powerpoint lectures for each chapter are also available for download.
Prentice Hall Video Libraries: Prentice Hall has assembled a superior collection of video materials which range from short lecture launchers to full-length detailed features for use in the developmental psychology course. The videos below are available to qualified adopters.
Speaking of Development Videos: Providing students with information about job opportunities in many fields, this exclusive video tape program features interviews with 11 of the professionals highlighted within the text. Each segment visits the individual's workplace, discusses their background in developmental psychology, and how it relates to their current job.
Media Support for Child Development, Second Edition: Both instructors and students ill find many useful resources in the media program to accompany this text.
prenhall/feldman Companion Website: Prepared by Rick Mitchell of Harford Community College, this free on-line Study Guide allows students to review each chapter's material, take practice tests, research topics for course projects, and more. Professors should visit the Faculty Module of the site to download electronic versions of the Instructor's Resource Manual, PowerPoint Slides for each chapter, and an On-line Graphics Archive.
Online Course Management: For professors interested in using the Internet and on-line course management in their courses, Prentice Hall offers fully customizable on-line courses in WebCT, B1ackBoard, and eCollege to accompany this textbook. Contact your local Prentice Hall representative or visit prenhall/demo for more information. For the Student
Study Guide: Prepared by Anupama Joshi of California State University, Los Angeles, this student workbook is available to help students master the core concepts in each chapter. Every chapter contains an overview and outline, learning objectives, key terms, matching or labeling exercises, practice multiple-choice and true-false test questions, and practice essay questions with brief guidelines for correct answers.
Psychology on the Internet: This "hands-on" Internet tutorial features Web sites related to psychology and general information about using the Internet for research. This supplement is available free when packaged with the text and helps students capitalize on all the sources that the World Wide Web has to offer.
ROBERT S. FELDMAN is a professor of psychology at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, where he is Director of Undergraduate Studies and recipient of the College Outstanding Teacher Award. He was educated as an undergraduate at Wesleyan University, from which he graduated with High Honors, and received a M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
Among his more than 100 books, chapters, articles, and presentations, he has written Development Across the Life Span, edited Development of Nonverbal Behavior in Children (Springer-Verlag), Applications of Nonverbal Behavioral Theory and Research (Erlbaum), and coedited Fundamentals of Nonverbal Behavior (Cambridge University Press). He is the recipient of grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute of the Disabilities and Rehabilitation Research, which have supported his research on the development of nonverbal behavior in children. A past Fulbright lecturer and research scholar, he is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and American Psychological Society.
During the course of nearly two decades as a college instructor, he has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses at Mount Holyoke College, Wesleyan University, Virginia Commonwealth University, in addition to the University of Massachusetts.
Professor Feldman is an avid, if not particularly accomplished, pianist, and an excellent cook, despite his children's aversion to his experimentation with exotic cuisine. He lives with his three children and wife, a psychologist, in Amherst, Massachusetts, in a home overlooking the Holyoke mountain range.
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