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Child Development: An Active Learning Approach 2ed

by Laura E Levine and Joyce Munsch SAGE Publications, Inc
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Pbk 728 pages
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This innovative text engages students by demonstrating the wide range of real-world applications of psychological research to child development. In particular, the distinctive 'active learning' features incorporated throughout the book foster a dynamic and personal learning process for students. The authors cover the latest topics shaping the field of child development including a focus on neuroscience, diversity and culture without losing the interest of undergraduate students. The pedagogical features in this text and the accompanying ancillaries package help students discover the excitement of studying child development, enhance their learning and equip them with tools they can use long after the class ends. This text is geared towards undergraduate courses in child development, child psychology, and developmental psychology.

PART I. UNDERSTANDING DEVELOPMENT: WHY AND HOW WE STUDY CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTSChapter 1. Introduction: Why We Study the Development of Children and AdolescentsChapter 2. Theories of DevelopmentChapter 3. How We Study DevelopmentPart II. BEGINNINGSCHAPTER 4. How Children Develop: Nature Through NurtureChapter 5. Prenatal Development, Birth and the NewbornPart III. Building Blocks of Development: How Children GrowChapter 6. Physical Development: The Body and the BrainChapter 7. Cognitive DevelopmentChapter 8. Intelligence and Academic AchievementChapter 9. Language DevelopmentChapter 10. Emotional Development and AttachmentChapter 11. Identity: The Self, Gender, and Moral DevelopmentChapter 12. Social DevelopmentPART IV. CONTEXTS FOR DEVELOPMENTChapter 13. FamiliesChapter 14. Beyond Family and School: Activities, Media and the Natural WorldChapter 15. Health, Well-being and Resilience

“In their preface, authors Laura Levine and Joyce Munsch emphasize the need for a child development book that enables students to create meaningful learning experiences.  This text has succeeded in achieving their goal.”

“The many strengths of this text attest to the success of Levine and Munsch in creating a comprehensive and well-written overview of child development.” 

                    —Dalia Gefen, Iona College
Laura E. Levine received her PhD in developmental and clinical psychology from the University of Michigan. After working with children and families at the ChilA­drenas Psychiatric Hospital and in private practice in Ann Arbor for 10 years, she moved to Connecticut and was a stay-at-home mother of her two children for 6 years. She returned to academia in 1994 and has been teachA­ing child psychology and life span human development for over 15 years at Central Connecticut State University, where she is currently a professor in the Department of Psychology. She has received two teaching awards, and her research on the social development of young children and on the relation of media use to attention difficulties has appeared in journals such as Developmental Psychology, the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, Infant Mental Health Journal, Infant and Child Development, Computers and Education, and CyberPsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking. Dr. Levine has been very active in promoting excellence in college teaching. She was involved in the creation of the Center for Teaching Excellence and Leadership DevelopA­ment at Central Connecticut State University and served on the board of the ConnectiA­cut Consortium to Enhance Learning and Teaching. She created numerous programs for faculty both at her university and at regional and national conferences. Her work on the scholarship of teaching and learning can be found in New Directions for Teaching and Learning, College Teaching, and the International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Joyce Munsch received her PhD in human development and family studies from Cornell University. She was a faculty member in human development and family studA­ies at Texas Tech University for 14 years, where she also served as associate dean for research in the College of Human Sciences for 2 years. In 2002, Dr. Munsch came to California State University at Northridge as the foundA­ing chair and professor in the Department of Child and Adolescent Development. Dr. Munschas research has focused on adolescent stress and coping and social network research. Her work has been published in the Journal of School Psychology, Adolescence, The Journal of Early Adolescence, the Journal of Research on Adolescence, and the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. Throughout her career, Dr. Munsch has administered grants that support community-based programs. She was the codirector of the Early Head Start program at Texas Tech University and coaprincipal investigator for three Texas Youth Commission (Department of Juvenile Justice) grants. At Cal State Northridge, she has administered the Jumpstart program for over 7 years. Her commitment to community service learning was recognized in 2005 when she was awarded the CSUN Visionary Community Service Learning Award. At Texas Tech, she was the College of Human Sciences nominee for the Hemphill-Wells New Professor Excellence in Teaching Award, the Barnie E. Rushing Jr. Faculty Distinguished Research Award, the El Paso Energy Foundation Faculty Achievement Award, and the Presidentas Excellence in Teaching Award, and she received the Kathryn Burleson Faculty Service Award and the College of Human Sciences Outstanding Researcher Award.