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Understanding Children's Development Paperback – August 26, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1405176019 ISBN-10: 1405176016 Edition: 5th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 830 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 5 edition (August 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405176016
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405176019
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.2 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #669,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“There is no other book on the market that comes near in its scholarship, coverage and accessibility.” Martyn Barrett, University of Surrey <!--end-->

“A very valuable text for everyone interested in children's development.” Professor Judith Dunn, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London

Understanding Children's Developmentis one of the best introductory treatments of this discipline that I know.” Professor C. Philip Hwang, Gothenburg University, Sweden

"Overall this text provides a comprehensive introduction to developmental psychology that will appeal to a wide range of readers, from those undertaking introductory university courses in human development to a wide range of professionals wishing to update their knowledge of children's development. The fact that it is written in the most accessible of styles, with frequent suggestions for ways of relating the material to everyday experiences, makes it a particularly useful resource for those new to the area. However, its emphasis on contemporary research and suggestions for further reading will also appeal to the more knowledgeable reader seeking ways to extend his/her understanding of development. The authors state their goals were to produce a book that kept abreast of recent advances in the field of developmental psychology, as well as summarising 'core' knowledge about human development. As should be evident from the above review, both these goals are certainly achieved in the fourth edition of Understanding Children's Development." Steven Lyttle, University College Northampton, ICD, September 2003

"The overall presentation of the book is an improvement on its predecessors. The pages are larger and glossier with more (better quality) photographs included. There is now some use of colour for headings and box tables which enhances the layout and visual appeal of each chapter. This may be particularly attractive to those 'new to the study of psychology' ... There is little doubt that the book delivers what it promises ... Given the high standard and overall quality of this book, I have no major criticisms to make. The chapters are skilfully written; succinct yet clear. Issues were tackled thoroughly and with enthusiasm. Topics were treated perceptively with arguments and counter-arguments well-placed throughout ... I found this book extremely rewarding to explore. It was very instructive and engaging thus I have no hesitation in recommending it to all those interested in a comprehensive introduction to child development - a valuable addition to any bookshelf!" Donna McWilliam, University of Strathclyde, British Journal of Developmental Psychology, Vol.21, Part 3, September 2003

"A comprehensive introduction to developmental psychology that will appeal to a wide range of readers, from those undertaking introductory university courses in human development to a wide range of professionals wishing to update their knowledge of children's development. The fact that it is written in the most accessible of styles, with frequent suggestions for relating the material to everyday experiences, makes it a particularly useful resource to those new to the area. However, its emphasis on contemporary research and suggestions for further reading will also appeal to the more knowledgeable reader seeking ways to extend his/her understanding of development. The authors state that their goals were to produce a book that kept abreast of recent advances in the field of developmental psychology, as well as summarizing 'core' knowledge about human development. Both these goals are certainly achieved in the fourth edition of Understanding Children's Development." Infant and Child Development: An International Journal of Research, Volume 13, Number 4, November 2004 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review

This classic textbook provides an outstanding introduction to the field of developmental psychology. It is comprehensive in its coverage, and presents the latest developments in contemporary scholarship in a highly accessible format. It is a real pleasure to read. There is no better introductory level book on the market.” 
Professor Martyn Barrett, University of Surrey

This book is a comprehensive, accessible and valuable addition to the field of psychology. It provides extensive insights into current research and contemporary issues in the area with both clarity and authority. The book is highly recommended to anyone engaged with the research and practice of child development.” 
Marilyn Hackney, Manchester Metropolitan University

"This is definitely one of my favorite developmental textbooks! It´s very comprehensive and covers all the topics I cover in my courses and more."
C. Philip Hwang, Gothenburg University, Sweden

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By didik on June 12, 2009
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I am an expectant mother with an interest (and some background) in psychology and children's development. I bought this book to develop a better understanding of the stages of children's development and various development theories. The book is extremely comprehensive, written in simple language, with numerous accounts of experiments that exemplify development theories. It is an excellent read.
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I agree with reviews above: it is a VERY comprehensive review of much of the research out there on child development, from birth to adolescence. It covers major theorists, major steps in different kinds of development (from emotional to moral to language, etc) However, they were very indiscriminate with the research that they chose to include. Sometimes, the chapter would include paragraph after paragraph describing an experiment, only to negate it by describing its many faults in a small disclaimer at the end of the unit. This bothered me to no end. There was also no rhyme and reason to the order of the sections in each chapter; I think some basic outlining could have helped them in the organization of each chapter.
A valuable source, but frustrating to follow.
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While studying and getting my master's in Education, General Ed/Special Ed and Psychology, I purchased several books for classes that professors wanted. Many of them I had given them to other students but this one was a keeper!! Everything from birth to various stages in age filled with information that my son also found useful when he needed to write a paper for his NYU Undergraduate Science classes (pre-med track). Currently he is in rotations and will be a Doctor by next year. I on the other hand still refer to it when I feel the need to look at the diagrams showing the development stages of a child's brain. As a NYC public school teacher, this book has been the best resource I have ever had....better than any profession development course I took for work.
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