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Child Development

Child Development
A Practical Introduction

Second Edition
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March 2017 | 320 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Focusing on the earliest years (0-8), the new Second Edition of this best-selling textbook continues to provide a comprehensive overview of the research, theory, and current practice in the field of child development.

This edition is fully up-to-date with current policy and legislation and now includes:

  • New "Research boxes" in each chapter helping students link theory to practice
  • Increased coverage on children’s social and emotional development
  • A new companion website including a selection of free SAGE Journal articles, annotated further readings, web links, and useful online materials.
Chapter 1: Introduction to Child Development
Chapter 2: Policy and Early Years Practice
Chapter 3: Researching Child Development
Chapter 4: Physical and Brain Development
Chapter 5: Cognition and Memory
Chapter 6: Disorders and Development
Chapter 7: Health and Development
Chapter 8: Emotional Development
Chapter 9 Social Development
Chapter 10: Language and Literacy
Chapter 11: The Role of Play
Chapter 12: The Role of the Adult


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For Students:

  • SAGE Journal Articles
  • Videos
  • Weblinks
  • Flashcards

You can never know enough, or study too much, when it comes to child development. Books like this, then, are very welcome, not just for students or those beginning their careers, but for more experienced practitioners who want to keep abreast of current research, or need to reflect on their practice or challenge entrenched thinking. Being a second edition, the book has been updated with current policy and legislation. A thorough book without being to "weighty", and each chapter is comprehensively referenced to help broaden your knowledge.

Neil Henty
Early Years Educator

This is a very helpful introductory text to child development. The opening chapter gives relevant and accessible summaries of key theorists in this area. The opening section of each chapter provides 'By the end of this chapter' summary which helps students to be more strategic in their reading. The chapters are clearly laid out in 'bite-sized chunks' and further reading is provided as a scaffold for future more in-depth learning.

Mrs Sian Templeton
Department of Education, Gloucestershire University
April 16, 2018

Students like the style of this book and find it accessible. It is a practical guide, which helps students to make links between theory and practice.

Mrs Heather Elliott
Children Young People and Education, York St John University
October 10, 2017

This text provides a useful introduction to developmental theory for first year students. Examples from relevant and research studies help students to make links between theory and practice.

Mrs Mary-Louise Maynes
Department of Education Studies, Bishop Grosseteste University
June 15, 2017

An easy to read introduction to many of the main topics covered within Developmental Psychology, recommended for undergraduates with an interest in child development. The text is detailed yet accessible and covers contemporary issues as well as classic psychological studies.

Mrs Suzi Smale
Psychology, Petroc College
April 23, 2017

An essential text book for first year students undertaking a degree in Early Years. The content is detailed and accessible covering child development in depth, one to certainly add to the reading list.

Mrs Amanda Crow
Sch of Education & Prof Development, Huddersfield University
August 25, 2017

Kevin Crowley

Dr Kevin Crowley was a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of South Wales. He has published research papers in a number of areas of child development, including bilingual language and literacy development, and play and learning in the early years. More About Author