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Written by a developmentalist and an educational psychologist, Child Development and Education bridges the gap between theory and practice, showing those who teach and care for infants, children, and adolescents how to apply developmental research and theory to everyday practice. This topically organized text describes developmental phenomena and provides instruction and opportunities to practice observations of and analyses of what children say, do, and create, ensuring that educators can make informed decisions that meet children's and adolescents’ needs. The Enhanced Pearson eText features embedded video, assessments, teacher certification exam prep, and video analysis exercises.
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“I consider this one of the best child development texts in existence... far more applied than the majority of textbooks and dedicated to an unbiased, culturally diverse description of development.”
– Lisa Pescara-Kovach, The University of Toledo
“This is the strongest, most informative text on Child Development that I have encountered....The sensitivity to cultural and bioecological issues is just outstanding. ...The information is current and is presented in great detail and depth. I also appreciate the strong supplemental resources that are made available to students.”
– John Corey Steele, Loyola University Chicago
“The reason that we continue to use this text is that it is the best one that covers the theory of child development along with practical applications, in particular to teaching.... Seeing written and drawn products helps future teachers analyze the kinds of artifacts that they can expect to see in the classroom.”
– Elizabeth Pemberton, University of Delaware
“The synthesis and summaries of research in each of the chapters are very detailed ... suggestions for application in each chapter are appropriate and in line with the research evidence ... observation guidelines are helpful for students to anticipate what to look for when working with children. It is also written in a very accessible style.”
– Julia Torquati, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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 holds a B.A. degree in psychology from Brown University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in educational psychology from The Pennsylvania State University. For more than twenty years she was a faculty member at the University of Northern Colorado, where she taught courses in learning and cognition, educational psychology, measurement, and research methods; she is currently Professor Emerita of Psychological Sciences at UNC. Dr. Ormrod has published numerous research articles but is probably best known for this book and several other textbooks: Human Learning (7th ed., 2016); Educational Psychology: Developing Learners (8th ed., 2014); Essentials of Educational Psychology (4th ed., 2015); and Our Minds, Our Memories: Enhancing Thinking and Learning at All Ages (2011).
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