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Cynthia Lightfoot breathes new life to Michael and Sheila Cole's The Development of Children, offering a new voice on the biological processes and cultural implications that affect childhood development. This critically acclaimed text offers a fresh bio-cultural view on how the subject is taught and studied. It is neatly organized according to the...
Cynthia Lightfoot breathes new life to Michael and Sheila Cole's The Development of Children, offering a new voice on the biological processes and cultural implications that affect childhood development. This critically acclaimed text offers a fresh bio-cultural view on how the subject is taught and studied. It is neatly organized according to the chronology of the development of a child, from prenatal development to birth, infancy, early to mid-childhood, and adolescence. Throughout the book, readers will notice a strong emphasis on biology, new research, and practical applications of theories, as well as a strong focus on various cultural issues that the series is known for. The first chapters talk about human development in general, its theories, and study, followed by bio-cultural foundations (including cultural and biological inheritance). The Development of Children (ISBN 9781429202251) by Michael Cole, Sheila Cole, and Cynthia Lightfoot introduces important concepts per developmental stage, starting with prenatal development and birth, including the periods of prenatal development, and newborn's conditions, birth, and birth defects. The chapter concludes with a discussion on the early development of parent-child relationship. The next section talks about the first three months of a child's life, followed by the toddler years, where more physical growth, brain, motor, cognitive, and conceptual development are evident. This reference also discusses emotional and social development during infancy. The succeeding chapters tackle early childhood all the way to adolescence and the complex physical, social, and emotional development that happen at this stage. Each section ends with an ‘In the Field' feature to emphasize practical applications and examples of the main concepts discussed in the preceding chapter. This compelling reference offers commentary on children and war, spanking, children's ideas about God, teen pregnancy, and many more.
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