Child, Family, School, Community: Socialization and Support (Available Titles CengageNOW)

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Revealing and filled with professional insight, Robert M. Berns' best-selling book helps students understand the socialization process of children via the powerful conceptual framework of Urie Bronfenbrenner's Ecological Model of Human Development. Berns closely examines the interactive effects of family, childcare, school, peer groups, media, community, and societal factors (including culture, political ideology, economics, and technology) on the socialization of the child to vividly illustrate the concepts of the course and help students learn how the various aspects of a child's environment affect his or her development. Truly ideal for undergraduate students and anyone who works with children, this text underscores the immeasurable value in preparing the child with the ability to adapt to a changing world.

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Roberta Berns is a Professor Emerita at the University of California, Irvine, as well as Saddleback College, where she founded and chaired the Human Development Department. Berns also was a student of renowned developmental psychologist Urie Bronfenbrenner at Cornell University. She lives in California with her husband, a professor of bioengineering. They have two children (one, an English professor and the other, a professor of neuroscience) and two grandchildren.

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"Emphasis on Bronfenbrenner's ecological model is excellent...The ecological model is a great tool and the text's ability to weave it into the topic areas is great."

"Chapter 8 is very informative and reader-friendly. Excellent coverage of a wide variety of relevant topics. The sections on gender roles, sexual activity, and the significance and development of play are particularly well done. Useable tips for teachers and adults to help alleviate problems and encourage desired behaviors....This is phenomenal - a great resource of information on topics that are relevant to our students. Cliques, bullying, peer modeling, etc are all wonder topics for a course of this nature....Organization is user-friendly, and lends itself well to structuring a class using the 'ecological' model; current and relevant information; many good examples help students interpret information..."

"The key questions at the beginning of each chapter are excellent. The information in the text displays an excellent level of accuracy."

"Overall, I find the strengths of the text to be its size (just right for a 10 week course), its ease in dealing with micro level socialization material, and its organization."

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