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The Development of Children [Hardcover]

Cynthia Lightfoot , Michael Cole , Sheila R. Cole
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December 8, 2008 1429202254 978-1429202251 Sixth Edition
Like no other text, The Development of Children tells the story of how biological and cultural processes intertwine over the course of childhood. Building on the legacy of Michael and Sheila Cole, and now under the lead authorship of Cynthia Lightfoot, this acclaimed textbook enters an exciting new era, bringing an integrated biocultural perspective to the teaching and learning of child

Within the chronological organization of the book, you will find a continued emphasis on contemporary research, biology and the brain, the linking of theory to practice, and the emphasis on cultural issues that have earned the textbook enthusiastic support edition after edition. But you will also find a fresh new vision and voice. This thoroughly revised text guides students through the latest scholarship on the biological and cultural processes that frame the interacting physical, cognitive, social, and emotional domains of development.

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Cynthia Lightfoot is Professor and Head of Human Development and Family Studies at the Pennsylvania State University, Brandywine. Her published works focus on the sociocultural contexts of child and adolescent development, most recently, on teen pregnancy, identity development, and youth culture. Lightfoot has served on the editorial boards of Culture and Psychology and Cognitive Development, and as Vice President of the Jean Piaget Society. Her interest in children and adolescents was fueled by experiences working with emotionally disturbed and autistic children in schools and as a child development specialist in a program for teenage mothers.

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. For many years he spent his afternoons participating with children and undergraduates in development-enhancing after-school programs. He is an editor of the journal Mind, Culture and Activity. He has published widely on the role of culture and schooling in development for which he has been awarded honorary degrees at Copenhagen University and the University of Helsinki. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academies of Education (of the United States and Russia).

Sheila Cole is a former journalist who specialized in writing about families, children, development, and education. She is also a children's writer. Her most recent book offers a history of American childhood and is written for young people. She has also authored picture books, historical fiction, and novels for young adults. She participates in literacy programs for homeless adolescents.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 667 pages
  • Publisher: Worth Publishers; Sixth Edition edition (December 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1429202254
  • ISBN-13: 978-1429202251
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 9.1 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So much better than 'parenting' books October 6, 2010
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I bought this book to help me understand my baby. I'm not studying child development. I was a bit wary at forking out about 10 times as much as the average parenting book costs for a textbook, but am so glad I did.

Parenting books tell you what you should and shouldn't do and I find them too prescriptive. What I want to do is make decisions that are best for my family and baby, but to do this in an informed way - and this book is great for that. I was worried it might be too dry or heavy, but I actually found it far more readable than the average parenting book, it is beautifully written and filled with fascinating colour photos. It was wonderful, for example, to notice a picture of a baby blowing bubbles, because my baby had just started blowing bubbles like crazy - and then read and understand what that was all about. Also, unlike most parenting books which are padded out by cartoons or anecdotes that basically repeat the author's points, none of the information in this book is repetitive or extraneous. It has increased my confidence as a mother and helped me sort through all the conflicting advice new mothers receive.

I have shared this book round my mother's group. One of the other mothers, who has a science background, said she wasn't impressed at some of the studies referred to because there were far too many variables. Nevertheless, she too found it extremely useful and is ordering her own copy of the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent review of child development May 26, 2012
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Thiw is an excellent review of child development research going beyond the original bokk by Cole and Cole. It should be in the curriculum of undergraduate students of psychology and related fields e.g. special education.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book August 21, 2013
By Taylor
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For anyone interested in child development or for new parents, this is a fun and engaging read that I would highly recommend!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The book was helpful July 17, 2013
By linyin
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It was a great text book for psychology major students, especially for learning developmental psychology.
It was a used book, but it was very clean, and just like a new book, which I appreciated very much.
The Development of Children is a helpful book and very worth reading sometimes no matter whether you are in psychology major, because it is related to children's development, which is practical and useful in life. :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read June 5, 2013
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Such an informative book. I learned so much from it and recommend to anyone who works with children or wants to have children one day
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