Developmental Psychology: A Student's Handbook is a major textbook that provides an up-to-date account of theory and research in the rapidly-changing field of child development. Margaret Harris and George Butterworth have produced an outstanding volume that includes recent research from Britain, Europe, and the USA.
The text is designed for undergraduate students who have little or no prior knowledge of developmental psychology.
Key features include:
The book places developmental psychology in its historical context, tracing the emergence of the field as an independent discipline at the end of the 19th century, and following the radical changes that have occurred in our understanding of children's development since then. The development of the child is covered in sequence: through conception, pre-natal development, birth, infancy, and the pre-school years, to the achievements of the school years, and the changes that occur during adolescence. Each period is addressed in terms of cognitive, social, and linguistic development, including discussion of reading, spelling, and mathematical development. There is also consideration of comparative research concerning the development of cognitive abilities in other primates.
Developmental Psychology: A Student's Handbook is essential reading for all undergraduate students of developmental psychology. It will also be of interest to those in education and healthcare studying child development.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 907 g
Dimensions: 248 x 191 x 19 mm
"Developmental Psychology is an exciting and fast-moving subject, but one that is hard to summarise because it involves such a variety of questions, and hypotheses, and research methods. Yet Margaret Harris and George Butterworth have been completely successful in producing a coherent and wonderfully stimulating account of the subject as a whole. Undergraduate students will learn a great deal from this book, and they will enjoy reading it as well. So will parents, teachers and any one else interested in childhood." - Professor Peter Bryant FRS, Oxford University, UK
"A useful developmental textbook ideally pitched at undergraduate level developmental psychology. The writing style is clear and easy to read with the right level of detail when describing influential empirical work." - Dr Alyson Davis, University of Surrey, UK
"This is an impressive book. It is a beautifully written, up-to-date, and well balanced account of the development of the child from conception to adolescence." - Dr Alan Slater, University of Exeter, UK
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