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Developing Child -Text Only

Developing Child -Text Only - 11th edition

ISBN13: 978-0205474530

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ISBN13: 978-0205474530

Helen Bee and Denise Boyd

ISBN13: 978-0205474530
ISBN10: 0205474535
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 11TH 07
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.

Published: 2007
International: No

The Developing Child, Eleventh Edition, is a best-selling topical child development book known for its personal, conversational writing style; balanced coverage of both theory and application; and strong emphasis on culture.

Helen Bee is a prominent author and researcher whose successful books on development, and whose devotion to this field has earned her a national reputation. Denise Boyd of Houston Community College System adds a refreshing voice to this popular, longstanding text, while adding outstanding pedagogy and activities that help students replicate classic research.


  • Topical organization.
  • A conversational style of writing engages students in child development on a personal level.
  • An integrated emphasis on cultural variation frequently contrasts collectivist and individualistic cultural systems.
  • "The Real World" boxes feature discussions of practical, applied questions in child development, showing students that it is possible to study such applied questions with scientific methods, but also that such theories and research relate to their own lives.
  • "Research Report" boxes examine a particularly important study or series of studies in child development.
  • Critical thinking marginal questions and activities encourage students to relate material in the book to their own experiences.
  • Chapter summaries, now organized by major chapter headings, help students assess how much information they have learned.

New To This Edition

  • Updated throughout. Research throughout the text has been updated to reflect the most current information in the ever-changing field of child development. Over 600 new references!
  • New chapter-opening narrative. Each chapter opens with a story that relates to a major theme of the chapter, engaging students and emphasizing personal relevance.
  • Boxed features streamlined. Many of the topics discussed in the "No Easy Answers" boxes and the "Development in the Information Age" boxes are now integrated into the text where appropriate.
  • Critical Thinking added to boxed features. The end of each "Real World" box have 1 or 2 "Questions for Reflection" that ask students to consider how they might respond to the issues raised in the box. The "Research Report" boxes end with 1 or 2 "Critical Analysis" questions that ask, for example, what kind of further research might be conducted to gain more insight into the question.
  • Expansion and relocation of "See For Yourself" feature. Now an end-of-chapter item, with 2-3 activities suggested for each chapter. A great way for students to further explore a particular topic and replicate classic research studies!

Table of Contents


1. Basic Issues in the Study of Development.

Perspectives on Development.
Theories of Development.
Finding the Answers: Research Designs and Methods.


2. Prenatal Development.

Conception and Genetics.
Development from Conception to Birth.
Problems in Prenatal Development.

3. Birth and Early Infancy.

Behavior in Early Infancy.
Health and Wellness in Early Infancy.


4. Physical Development.

The Brain and Nervous System.
The Endocrine and Reproductive Systems.
Sexual Behavior in Adolescence.
Other Body Systems.
Health and Wellness.

5. Perceptual Development.

Thinking About Perceptual Development.
Sensory Skills.
Perceptual Skills.
The Object Concept.
Perception of Social Signals.


6. Cognitive Development I: Structure and Process.

Piaget's Basic Ideas.
The Preschool Years.
The School-Aged Child.
Development of Information-Processing Skills.

7. Cognitive Development II: Individual Differences in Cognitive Abilities.

Measuring Intellectual Power.
Explaining Individual Differences in IQ Scores.
Explaining Group Differences in IQ Scores.
Alternative Approaches to Intelligence.

8. The Development of Language.

Before the First Word: The Prelinguistic Phase.
Learning Words and Word Meanings.
Learning the Rules: The Development of Grammar and Pragmatics.
Explaining Language Development.
Individual and Group Differences in Language Development.
Learning to Read and Write.


9. Personality Development: Alternate Views.

Defining Personality.
Genetic and Biological Explanations.
Learning Explanations.
Psychoanalytic Explanations.
A Possible Synthesis.

10. Concepts of Self, Gender, and Sex Roles.

The Concept of Self.
The Development of Gender and Sex-Role Concepts.
Cultures and Contexts: Sex Role Stereotypes Around the World.

11. The Development of Social Relationships.

Relationships with Parents.
Variations in the Quality of Attachments.
Relationships with Peers.
Behavior with Peers.

12. Thinking About Relationships: Social-Cognitive and Moral Development.

The Development of Social Cognition.
Moral Development.


13. The Ecology of Development: The Child Within the Family System.

Bronfenbrenner's Bioecological Approach
Dimensions of Family Interaction.
Patterns of Child Rearing.
Other Aspects of Family Dynamics.
Family Structure, Divorce, and Parental Employment.

14. Beyond the Family: The Impact of the Broader Culture.

Nonparental Care.
The Impact of Schools.
The Impact of the Entertainment Media.
Macrosystem Effects: The Impact of the Larger Culture.

15. Atypical Development.

Understanding Atypical Development.
Attention Problems and Externalizing Problems.
Internalizing Problems.
Atypical Intellectual and Social Development.
Schooling for Atypical Children.

Epilogue. Putting It All Together: The Developing Child.

Transitions, Consolidations, and Systems.
From Birth to 18 Months.
The Preschool Years.
The Elementary School Years.
A Return to Some Basic Questions.

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