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An Introduction to Child Development

An Introduction to Child Development

Second Edition
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February 2009 | 424 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Thoroughly updated, An Introduction to Child Development, Second Edition offers readers a comprehensive survey of the main areas of child development, from infancy to adolescence. Like the First Edition, the text equips students with an appreciation of critical issues in the field in a readily accessible format. Author Thomas Keenan and Subhadra Evans provide a balanced coverage of topics and theoretical perspectives.

Key Features of the Second Edition

  • Includes more information on the biological foundations of development
  • Contains new chapters on moral development and applied developmental psychology
  • Incorporates enhanced pedagogy throughout the book
  • Accompanied by a companion Web site with resources for both students and instructors at

Intended Audience

This introductory text is designed for students in psychology and related disciplines studying child development

Principles of Developmental Psychology
Theories of Development
Research Methodology and Design in Developmental Psychology
Physical and Motor Development
The Developing Brain
Genes, Environment and Development
Perceptual Development
Theories of Cognitive Development
Cognitive Processes
The Development of Language and Communication
Emotional Development
Social Development
Moral Development
Developmental Psychopathology
Applied Developmental Psychology

This book provides a good overview of the major theories of child development and is relevant for students in all 3 years of their undergraduate study and beyond.

Mr Luke Champion
Education , Manchester Metropolitan University
December 11, 2012

An excellent book to aid understanding of children's development. May also be introduced to level 2 STL/s learners

Mrs Gwyneth Walsham
School of Teaching and Learning, Gateshead College
September 13, 2012

Excellent book - will be highly recommended to students for theories on child development

Mrs Farzana Iqbal
Health Care and Early Years, Swindon College
August 17, 2012

An excellent book will recommend to students

Mrs Maria Johnson
Community Learning Service, North East Lincolnshire Council
July 11, 2012

A useful introduction to child developmental psychology, with up-to-date references.

Dr Dario Pellegrini
Child and Family, Tavistock Centre
September 15, 2011

This book provides a comprehensive and up to date introduction to Child Development which is essential reading for anyone studying children in the Early Years. Theories of child development are explained and summarised clearly.

Miss Sandra Lyndon
Childhood Studies : Early Years, Chichester University
August 8, 2011

An interesting and comprehensive book that covers all areas of child development from infancy to adolescence. It will be a valuable supplementary text for our students training to be health visitors and school nurses.

Ms Chris Gordon
Community Nursing, University Campus Suffolk
March 3, 2011

The book is to "psychological" for our master in child welfare

Mrs Anette Iversen
Faculty of Psychology, Bergen University
December 15, 2010

This is a useful text for students to have access to.

Mrs Rosemary Bottoms
Open University London, The Open University
September 30, 2010

I will now be using this title for the 2nd year as a core text for a BA programme. It now forms part of an essential read for a Child Development module and I find that students have found it to be an accessible and informative read. I like the way in which this adopts a more psychological perspective to child development which I feel is essential for anyone working with children. The accoompanying website is a very useful tool which provides powerpoint slides for instructors.

Mrs Georgina Lovett
Institute of Education, Reading University
July 29, 2010

The Second Edition includes features including:

- learning points

- section & chapter summaries,

- end-of-chapter glossaries

- suggestions for further reading

- sample multiple choice questions

- sidebars featuring in depth discussions of key research findings or points of debate within the field of child development.

The text comes with a dedicated website with resources for both students and instructors.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One

Chapter Two

Thomas Keenan

  Thomas Keenan is currently a Professor in the School of Academic & Liberal Studies, Niagara College in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada.  He is also an adjunct member of the Department of Psychology, Brock University.  He is a developmental psychologist with interests in children’s theory of mind, sarcasm & irony comprehension, and music.  More About Author

Subhadra Evans

Subhadra Evans completed her PhD in Developmental Psychology at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. She is currently serving as Associate Professor in the UCLA Pediatric Pain and Palliative Care Program, where she researches the impact of chronic pain on family and social relationships, and the use of mind-body medicine to treat chronic pain. She also teaches courses on Child Development, Health Psychology and Introductory Psychology. More About Author

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ISBN: 9781412911153