Development in Infancy: An Introduction

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9780075539438: Development in Infancy: An Introduction

This topically-organized text provides a comprehensive overview of infant development with a strong theoretical and research base. Readers gain a clear understanding of infant development and issues that will be the focus of significant advances in infancy studies in the future. The new fifth edition reflects the enormous changes in the field that have occurred over the past decade. The thoroughly revised chapters emphasize work from the 21st century, although classic references are retained, and explore contextual, methodological, neurological, physical, perceptual, cognitive, communicative, emotional, and social facets of infant development. The fifth edition features a more accessible style and enhanced pedagogical and teaching resource program.

This extensively revised edition features a number of changes:
 The fifth edition adds a new co-author, Martha Arterberry, who brings additional teaching and research skills to the existing author team.
 An enhanced pedagogical program features orienting questions at the beginning of each chapter and boldfaced key terms listed at the end of the chapter and defined in the glossary to help facilitate understanding and learning.
 Two new boxes in each chapter – Science in Translation illustrate applied issues and Set for Life highlight the significance of infancy for later development.
 Increased emphasis on practical applications and social policy.
 More graphs, tables, and photos that explain important concepts and findings.
 Literature reviews are thoroughly updated and reflect contemporary research.
 All new teaching web resources -- Instructors will find Power Points, electronic versions of the text figures, and a test bank, and students will find hyperlinked references and electronic versions of the key concepts and the definitions.

Intended for beginning graduate or advanced undergraduate courses on infant (and toddler) development or infancy or early child development taught in departments of psychology, human development & family studies, education, nursing, social work, and anthropology, this book also appeals to social service providers, policy makers, and clergy who work with community institutions. Prerequisites include introductory courses on child development and general psychology.

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This fourth edition of the best-selling topically-organized introduction to infancy reflects the enormous changes that have occurred in our understanding of infants and their place in human development over the past decade. Each chapter has been thoroughly revised to reflect current thinking and research in the field, and while classic studies continue to be cited, the text emphasizes studies published since the late 1990s. The authors have worked to maintain the readability for which this classic textbook has been known. This edition continues to be appropriate for use in classes at all levels--undergraduate and graduate--as well as in various disciplines--psychology, education, child development, nursing, and social work. The fourth edition features a number of improvements: *the literature review has been thoroughly updated to reflect the results of new research; *new figures have been provided to better explain important concepts and the results of recent studies; *implications for practical applications and social policy have been emphasized throughout; *the writing style has been revised to make the book attractive to students from diverse academic backgrounds; and *orienting questions have been provided at the beginning of each chapter to facilitate understanding and learning.

About the Author:

Marc H. Bornstein is Senior Investigator and Head of Child and Family Research at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and Editor of Parenting: Science and Practice.

Martha E. Arterberry is Professor of Psychology at Colby College, Maine.

Michael E. Lamb is Professor of Psychology at the University of Cambridge, UK.

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