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Child Development (2003 6th Edition) Textbook Binding – 2003


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  • ASIN: B0040QKCBW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
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Laura E. Berk is a distinguished professor of psychology at Illinois State University, where she has taught child and human development to both undergraduate and graduate students for more than three decades. She received her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and her master's and doctoral degrees in child development and educational psychology from the University of Chicago. She has been a visiting scholar at Cornell University, UCLA, Stanford University, and the University of South Australia.

Berk has published widely on the effects of school environments on children's development, the development of private speech, and most recently, the role of makebelieve play in development. Her research has been funded by the U.S. Office of Education and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. It has appeared in many prominent journals, including Child Development, Developmental Psychology,Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, Development and Psychopathology, and Early Childhood Research Quarterly. Her empirical studies have attracted the attention of the general public, leading to contributions to Psychology Today and Scientific American.

Berk has served as research editor for Young Children and consulting editor for Early Childhood Research Quarterly and the Journal of Cognitive Education and Psychology. She is a frequent contributor to edited volumes on early childhood development, having recently authored chapters on the importance of parenting, on make-believe play and self-regulation, and on the kindergarten child. She has also written the chapter on development for The Many Faces of Psychological Research in the Twenty-First Century (Society for the Teaching of Psychology), the chapter on social development for The Chicago Companion to the Child, the article on Vygotsky for the Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science, and the chapter on storytelling as a teaching strategy for Voices of Experience: Memorable Talks from the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology (Association for Psychological Science). Berk's books include Private Speech: From Social Interaction to Self-Regulation, Scaffolding Children's Learning: Vygotsky and Early Childhood Education, and Landscapes of Development: An Anthology of Readings. In addition to Infants, Children, and Adolescents, she is author of the best-selling texts Child Development and Development Through the Lifespan, published by Allyn and Bacon. Her book for parents and teachers is Awakening Children's Minds: How Parents and Teachers Can Make a Difference.

Berk is active in work for children's causes. In addition to service in her home community, she is a member of the national board of directors of Jumpstart, a nonprofit organization that provides early literacy intervention to thousands of low-income preschoolers across the United States, using college and university students as interveners. Berk is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, Division 7: Developmental Psychology.


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Very easy to read.
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It is certainly filled with information not the most exciting book you will ever be required to read, but I don't fall asleep trying to get through a chapter either.
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This is the BEST child development text I have been able to find as an overview of the many theories and stages of childhood.
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45 of 58 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 19, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I am currently using this book for my Early Childhood Education(ECE)Diploma studies.This book has detailed and comprehensive topics and theories on Child Development.It also provides lots of pictures and graphics to enhance your understanding of what you read.This book is a must for anyone studying ECE or for those teaching children and wish to know more about Child development.
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32 of 41 people found the following review helpful By S. Mueller on June 18, 2009
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This is one of the worst textbooks I've ever used (bachelor's degree, master's degree, working on 2nd master's). The writing is not the worst, though it's not very lively. My attention wanders after about 4 pages and by 10 pages I want nothing more than to do anything but keep reading. But read on I must, because it's a long book and it's determined to overlook no detail, no matter how peripheral.

It's definitely packed with data, a fault, not a virtue. In its zeal to be comprehensive, it spends page after page on disproven theories, unproven theories, half-proven theories, and even theories nobody has cared about for decades. (I know, because I was working in cognitive AI in the 1980s when some of those theories were already history and many of the rest of them greeted with a Spock raised eyebrow.)

Everything is jumbled together so the student ends up in the state of "buzzing confusion" often used to describe a newborn infant. Case in point: the author seems enamored of Jean Piaget. Piaget asked good questions. He also got many wrong answers and his research methodologies broke nearly every guideline laid down in an early chapter of this very textbook. So does the reader get a summary of Piaget's major ideas, with a focus on those that have proven useful, with a side mention of the mistaken details? Nope. You get play by play detail. Pages of Piaget, followed by pages of research that disproves him. After wading through all that, the reader has to flip back and forth to figure out on their own what might be worth remembering and what not. It doesn't help that the author phrases every statement of Piaget's theory, proven or not, as though it were true, and often qualifies statements that summarize research that clearly disproves him, e.g.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By CopperJP on June 8, 2013
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We actually used this in my Master's program. I thought it was comprehensive and easily understood. I think I got a lot out of this book.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By K. Partello on October 3, 2012
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Warning! Danger Will Robinson! Do not purchase this edition of the product unless you are sure your instructor is able to provide a "Course ID" for the mylab access card. I just spent time with the live chat on the website and was told it is not valid without a course ID. What this means is that you will pay extra for something you can not use. My instructor is checking on this but you can bet I will be contacting Amazon for a refund if access is not available. Thank goodness I purchased from Amazon because they also said that since I opened the seal on the access card it was non-refundable despite the fact that the note about the required course ID was NOT printed on the OUTSIDE of the card but only disclosed after opening the product. Can you feel my anger and frustration radiating through the screen? LOL.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jacqui Ross on March 10, 2013
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the text was for Uni and exactly the book I was instructed to get. very happy as staff supported me with tracking the process of the text arriving to my home. fantastic
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mushi_moosh on October 2, 2013
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It is certainly filled with information not the most exciting book you will ever be required to read, but I don't fall asleep trying to get through a chapter either.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Hartung on June 21, 2013
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I used this book for a child psychology course, and I really enjoyed reading the textbook. The book flows well, and is easy to understand. This would be a great reference for any parent-to-be to have on hand, but make sure you have the latest edition, as research in child development is constantly evolving.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James Rodriguez on July 13, 2013
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Well written, easy to follow. Good case studies and chapter summaries. A little hard on American schools and economic policy, but overall a good read.
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