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Long considered THE standard text in child development, the Eighth Edition of this best-selling topical approach to child development continues its tradition of being the most current and comprehensive text available.
Laura Berk, renowned professor and researcher in the field of child development, has revised her Child Development text, adding new pedagogy, a heightened emphasis on the interplay between biology and environment, expanded coverage of culture, and an enhanced focus on education, health, and social issues, including many social policy topics addressed throughout the text. Berk’s revision provides contemporary and cohesive coverage on contexts for development, including but also extending beyond the family to peers, schooling, media, neighborhoods, communities, and societal values and priorities.
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Laura E. Berk
20th Anniversary Year
The Cutting-Edge Standard
Read by more than half a million students worldwide!
Berk’s Child Development has been the standard for twenty years. Now, this twentieth-anniversary edition builds on its long and successful history with the most cutting-edge research, pedagogy, and supplements package available! Laura Berk has taught thousands of students with diverse majors, future goals, interests, and needs. Her work is continually at the forefront of changes in the field. The eighth edition includes the most up-to-date scholarship while retaining all of the hallmark features for which Laura Berk’s texts are known–unique story-telling, practical applications, meticulous research, and much more!
“This text is my favorite in the field and I plan to continue to use it. The book is current, accurate, comprehensive, balanced, and well written.”
–Rebecca Bigler, University of Texas at Austin
“Berk's Child Development has a long-standing reputation as a strong text for developmental courses; students always rate it highly; and the text and graphics are a pleasure to read and view.”
–Doug Symons, Acadia University, Canada
“The overall organization and coverage of Berk’s text are excellent. The chapters cohere and interweave quite nicely. . . . I like all the features used throughout the text, [and] each edition of Child Development features cutting-edge material.”
–John Gibbs, Ohio State University
“Berk has always done an admirable job of covering the essentials and adhering to the latest research on each and every topic. . . . [She] has a gift for summarizing a great deal of the most relevant research and still making it accessible to students.”
–David Nelson, Brigham Young University
“The overall organization of the material is excellent; it is clear and logical.”
–Lorinda Camparo, Whittier College
“I loved the [diversity and multi-cultural issues] sections–they were among my favorites because I felt I really learned something.”
–Scott P. Johnson, New York University
“. . . I enjoy teaching with this book. . . . I have used this textbook for many years and find the coverage most appropriate, including the balance between theory, research, and practical issues.”
–Cecilia Wainryb, University of Utah
“This is a great book from which to teach. . . . [T]he material is well organized, and I like the developmental approach that is taken within each of the main topics. . . . Berk has addressed the most important issues, trends, and cutting-edge topics very well.”
–Nina Howe, Concordia University, CanadaAbout the Author:
Laura E. Berk is a distinguished professor of psychology at Illinois State University, where she has taught child and human development to both undergraduate and graduate students for more than three decades. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and her master’s and doctoral degrees in child development and educational psychology from the University of Chicago. She has been a visiting scholar at Cornell University, UCLA, Stanford University, and the University of South Australia.
Berk has published widely on the effects of school environments on children’s development, the development of private speech, and most recently, the role of makebelieve play in development. Her research has been funded by the U.S. Office of Education and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. It has appeared in many prominent journals, including Child Development, Developmental Psychology,Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, Development and Psychopathology, and Early Childhood Research Quarterly. Her empirical studies have attracted the attention of the general public, leading to contributions to Psychology Today and Scientific American.
Berk has served as research editor for Young Children and consulting editor for Early Childhood Research Quarterly and the Journal of Cognitive Education and Psychology. She is a frequent contributor to edited volumes on early childhood development, having recently authored chapters on the importance of parenting, on make-believe play and self-regulation, and on the kindergarten child. She has also written the chapter on development for The Many Faces of Psychological Research in the Twenty-First Century (Society for the Teaching of Psychology), the chapter on social development for The Chicago Companion to the Child, the article on Vygotsky for the Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science, and the chapter on storytelling as a teaching strategy for Voices of Experience: Memorable Talks from the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology (Association for Psychological Science). Berk’s books include Private Speech: From Social Interaction to Self-Regulation, Scaffolding Children’s Learning: Vygotsky and Early Childhood Education, and Landscapes of Development: An Anthology of Readings. In addition to Infants, Children, and Adolescents, she is author of the best-selling texts Child Development and Development Through the Lifespan, published by Allyn and Bacon. Her book for parents and teachers is Awakening Children’s Minds: How Parents and Teachers Can Make a Difference.
Berk is active in work for children’s causes. In addition to service in her home community, she is a member of the national board of directors of Jumpstart, a nonprofit organization that provides early literacy intervention to thousands of low-income preschoolers across the United States, using college and university students as interveners. Berk is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, Division, 7: Developmental Psychology.
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