Understanding Child Development

  • AUTHOR: Rosalind Charlesworth, Ph.D.
  • ISBN-13: 9781133586692 
  • Grade(s): 9 | 10 | 11 | 12
  • 576 Pages  Paperback 
  • 9th Edition  |  Previous Editions: 2011, 2008, 2004
  • ©2014     Published
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About The Product

UNDERSTANDING CHILD DEVELOPMENT, 9th Edition, introduces the unique qualities of the young child as distinguished from older children, and demonstrates how to work with young children in ways that correspond with their individual developmental level and social and cultural environment. In this streamlined edition, each section looks at critical social and cultural factors related to young children's development; factors relevant to working with children with special needs are integrated throughout. Popular theoretical views of learning are included, as is information about the importance of play and technology in a young child's learning process. Specific NAEYC Program Standards and Accreditation Criteria and Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP) guidelines are now highlighted at the beginning of the chapter and with icons throughout the text. New Brain Development boxes focus on relevant brain research, Child Development in the Real World provides practical applications of key topics, and TeachSource Video boxes highlight relevant videos available on the Education CourseMate website. Other topics covered include readiness, assessment, the importance of working with children and families from diverse cultures, and the development of early stages of reading. Throughout the text, real-life examples and anecdotes bring theory and research to life. Available with InfoTracĀ® Student Collections http://gocengage.com/infotrac.


  • An integrated learning system features chapter-opening learning objectives tied to each chapter's main headings (and indicated with a special icon), which focus students' reading by identifying key points related to the objectives. Each chapter concludes with a chapter summary organized around the learning objectives to reinforce students' comprehension.
  • Boxed features maintained from the previous edition are "Technology in Early Childhood," which highlights various issues related to technology in children's education; "Looking Further," which provides specific activities or questions that require students to dig deeper into a given topic; and "Time to Reflect," which presents issues or questions for reflection and discussion.
  • Supported by developmental research and theory, the text relates child development to current issues in early childhood and addresses problems and solutions for those who are or will be working with young children.
  • With a focus on the relationship of child development to our diverse, multicultural society, the book provides connections to family, community, school, and culture.
  • The book covers development from the prenatal period through age 8, which aligns with the NAEYC definition of early childhood.

About the Contributor

  • Rosalind Charlesworth, Ph.D.

    Rosalind Charlesworth, Ph.D., is professor emerita and retired department chair in the Department of Child and Family Studies at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. During her tenure at Weber State University, she worked with the faculty of the Department of Teacher Education to develop continuity from preprimary to primary school in the program for students in the early childhood education licensure program. She also contributed as a guest presenter in the Elementary Mathematics Methods class. Dr. Charlesworth is known for her contributions to research on early childhood teachers' beliefs and practices. She taught courses in early education and child development at other universities before joining the faculty at Weber State University. In 1999, she was the co-recipient of the NAECTE/Allyn & Bacon Outstanding Early Childhood Teacher Educator award. In 2014 she received the Legacy Award from the WSU Child and Family Studies Department in recognition of her contributions to early childhood education. Dr. Charlesworth has provided service to the field through active involvement in professional organizations and is currently on the editorial board of the Early Childhood Education Journal.

Table of Contents

1. A Brief Look at the Young Child.
2. Developmental and Learning Theories.
3. Studying the Young Child.
4. How Learning Takes Place.
5. Learning Through Play.
6. The Adult Role in Learning: General Characteristics.
7. The Adult Role in Learning: Family and Sociocultural Factors.
8. Heredity, Environment, and Development.
9. Conception and Prenatal Development.
10. Birth and the First Two Weeks.
11. Infancy: Theory, Environment, and Culture.
12. Infancy: Health and Physical and Motor Skills Development.
13. Infancy: Cognitive Development.
14. Infancy: Affective Development.
15. The Toddler: Autonomy and Physical and Motor Development.
16. The Toddler: Cognitive Development.
17. The Toddler: Affective Development.
18. Physical Development, Health, Safety, and Nutrition: Ages Three to Six.
19. Motor Development: Ages Three Through Six.
20. The Cognitive System and Concept Development.
21. Oral Language Development and Use.
22. Written Language: Development and Everyday Use.
23. Intelligence and Creativity.
24. The Adult Role in Cognitive Development.
25. The Nature of Affective Development: Theory, Emotion, and Personality.
26. Social Development.
27. The Adult Role in Affective Development.
28. Preschool to Primary: Bridging the Gap.
29. The Primary Child: Physical and Motor Development.
30. The Primary Child: Cognitive Development and Schooling.
31. The Primary Child: Affective Development.

New to this Edition

  • New boxed features include "Brain Development," which explores current topics in brain research; and "Child Development in the Real World," which provides practical applications of key topics.
  • New "TeachSource Video" boxes offer suggestions for videos viewable at Education CourseMate (the book's website) as well as questions for student reflection or in-class discussion. The videos provide an inside look at real classrooms, teachers, and children at various stages of development.
  • This edition is aligned with NAEYC Program Standards and Accreditation Criteria and Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP) Guidelines, which are highlighted at the beginning of each chapter and with icons throughout the text. A Standards Correlation Chart on the inside front cover provides an easily accessible snapshot of where these standards and guidelines are covered in the text.
  • NEW coverage of the joint position statement of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children's Media at Saint Vincent College, "Technology and Interactive Media as Tools in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8"
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    ISBN-10: 113396379X | ISBN-13: 9781133963790
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