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Child and Adolescent Development for Educators 2ed

by Christine McCormick and David Scherer Guilford Publications
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This accessible text - now revised and updated - has given thousands of future educators a solid grounding in developmental science to inform their work in schools. The expert authors review major theories of development and their impact on educational practice. Chapters examine how teaching and learning intersect with specific domains of child and adolescent development - language, intelligence and intellectual diversity, motivation, family and peer relationships, gender roles, and mental health. Pedagogical features include chapter summaries, definitions of key terms, and boxes addressing topics of special interest to educators. Instructors requesting a desk copy receive a supplemental test bank with objective test items and essay questions for each chapter. (First edition authors: Michael Pressley and Christine B. McCormick.)


New to This Edition

*Extensively revised to reflect a decade's worth of advances in developmental research, neuroscience, and genetics.

*Greatly expanded coverage of family and peer relationships, with new content on social–emotional learning, social media, child care, and early intervention.

*Discussions of executive function, theory of mind, and teacher–student relationships.

*Increased attention to ethnic–racial, gender, and LGBT identity development.

*Many new and revised practical examples and topic boxes.

I. Theoretical Perspectives in Child Development
1. Introduction to Child Development and Education
2. Biological Development
3. Cognitive Development: Piaget’s Stage Theory
4. Cognitive Development: Information-Processing Theory
5. Social Theories of Development and Learning
6. Sociocultural Theories of Development and Education
II. Key Topics in Child Development and Education
7. Language Development and Linguistic Diversity
8. Intelligence and Individual Differences in Academic Competence
9. The Development of Academic Motivation
10. Family and Peer Relationships
11. Gender Role Development
12. Recognizing and Understanding Student Mental Health Problems
13. Integrative Review of Major Concepts

"[The authors'] emphasis on applications to educational context is accompanied and supported by traditionally important and contemporary theories and research....The theoretical and practical implications of the materials discussed in the text will enhance educators' pedagogical knowledge of how to be effective teachers." (on the first edition)
Christine B. McCormick, PhD, is Professor in the College of Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in human growth and development, educational psychology, learning and cognition, and classroom assessment. She was Dean of the College of Education from 2005 to 2016. Previously, Dr. McCormick was a faculty member and held administrative roles at the University of New Mexico and the University of South Carolina. She has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Educational Psychology and Educational Psychology Review and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. Dr. McCormick is author or coauthor of many publications on a variety of topics in child development and education and has coauthored several textbooks.


David G. Scherer, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Previously, he was a faculty member at the University of New Mexico and the University of South Carolina. Dr. Scherer is a family systems theorist and therapist and an advocate for developmental and multisystemically informed treatment models. His research publications and clinical work focus on how adolescents develop autonomy in the family context, how adolescents and parents make important medical and research participation decisions, and innovative models of psychotherapy for troubled and substance-abusing adolescents. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in adolescent psychology; psychology and public policy; professional issues and ethics; psychopathology; and child, adolescent, and family psychotherapy.