Child Development: Educating and Working with Children and Adolescents (2nd Edition)

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9780131108417: Child Development: Educating and Working with Children and Adolescents (2nd Edition)

This practical book examines research and theory about children from birth to age 18. The concepts are solidly based around the activities of schools, agencies, and other settings in which the day-to-day lives of children play out. A wealth of case studies, along with a new Observation CD-ROM with video clips for each chapter, provide understanding into how children develop. By using real-life case studies and genuine feedback from children of all ages, this book provides complete coverage of the following topics: methods of inquiry in child development; physical development; cognitive development; intelligence; language development; literacy development; personal and emotional development; social understanding and moral development; development of motivation and self-regulation; a study of the family; interpersonal relationships; and growing up. An excellent resource for caregivers, child care center directors and employees, social workers, teachers, and parents.

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The Difference Between Abstract Understanding and Application

More than any other development text, McDevitt/Ormrod spells out the practical implications of development theory arid research and provides concrete applications for those who work with children and adolescents.

  • Professional Implications sections examine in depth the implications and application of research and theory to working with children.
  • Development and Practice features offer concrete strategies for facilitating student development.
  • Observation Guidelines tapes help students learn to observe developmental nuances in the behavior of children and adolescents.
The Difference Between Reading About Development and Seeing It

More than any other text, McDevitt/Ormrod illustrates concepts with case studies; artifacts from journals, sketchbooks, and schoolwork; and video footage.

  • Each chapter begins and ends with a Case Study and includes other integrated vignettes.
  • Artifacts from children and adolescents offer readers authentic illustrations of chapter content and give students an opportunity to see development in action.
  • A new set of 3 CDs with video segments, 0bserving Children and Adolescents, allows students to explore l4 topics, including Memory, Friendship, and Families, from the perspective of children from live different age groups.
New and Expanded Content
  • Infancy coverage is substantially expanded.
  • Broader applications include material for counselors, community service workers, child-care providers, and others.
  • Coverage of brain development and other topics including theory of mind and sociocultural aspects of cognitive development is substantially expanded.

About the Author:

Teresa M. McDevitt is a psychologist with specializations in child development and educational psychology. She received a Ph.D. and M.A. in child development from Stanford University's Psychological Studies in Education program, an Ed.S. in educational evaluation from Stanford University and a B.A. in psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Since 1985 she has served the University of Northern Colorado in a variety of capacities—in teaching courses in child and adolescent psychology, human development, educational psychology, program evaluation, and research methods; in advisement of graduate students; in administration and university governance; and in research and grant writing. Her research interests include children's listening and communication skills, families, teacher education, and science education. She has published articles in such journals as Child Development, Learning and Individual Differences, Child Study Journal, Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, Youth and Society, and Science Education, among others. She has gained extensive practical experience with children, including raising two children with her husband and working in several capacities with children—as an early childhood teacher of toddlers and preschool children, an early childhood special education teacher, a scout leader, and a volunteer in school and community settings. When she has the chance, Teresa enjoys traveling internationally with her family, and spending time with her children and husband.

Jeanne Ellis Ormrod is an educational psychologist and the author of Educational Psychology: Developing Learners and Human Learning (now both in their 4th editions) and coauthor of Practical Research (soon to be released in its 8th edition), all published by Merrill/Prentice Hall. She received her Ph.D. and M.S. in educational psychology at The Pennsylvania State University and an A.B. in psychology from Brown University; she also earned certification in school psychology through postdoctoral work at Temple University and the University of Colorado, Boulder. She was Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Northern Colorado from 1976 until 1998, when she moved east to return to her native New England. She is now affiliated with the University of New Hampshire, where she teaches courses in educational psychology. She has worked as a middle school geography teacher and school psychologist, and has conducted research in cognition and memory, cognitive development, spelling, and giftedness. When Jeanne is not teaching, writing, reading professional books and journals, or monitoring the diverse activities of her three grown children, she enjoys-boating, playing racquetball, and walking on the beach with her husband.

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