Applied child study: a developmental approach

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L. Erlbaum Associates, 1991 - Psychology - 242 pages
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The importance of the development and upbringing of children has been recognized since the era of Plato. We have often used the study of children to help us better understand ourselves and our society. In this second edition, basic theories of learning and development are outlined and applied to dimensions of children's social, cognitive, and linguistic development. Pellegrini takes his readers through some of the main issues in studying development, and then introduces a range of research methods, such as observational methodology which can be used to describe typical behavior patterns of young children. The author also highlights the advantages and shortcomings of each approach; for example, how experimental research has benefits in the control achieved, but is also lacking in terms of ecological validity. Both qualitative (ethological and ethnographic) and quantitative (tests and experiments) methods of studying children are discussed, broadening the scope even further for those involved in child study.

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Contents

WHAT 15 DEVELOPMENTAL?
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BEHAVIOR IH CONTEXT
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THE 5CHOOL A5 CONTEXT
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Anthony D. Pellegrini, PhD, is Professor of Psychological Foundations of Education in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. His primary interest is in the development of play and dominance. He also has research interests in methodological issues in the general area of human development, with specific interest in direct observations. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Spencer Foundation, and the W. T. Grant Foundation. Dr. Pellegrini is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and has been awarded a Fellowship from the British Psychological Society.
Peter K. Smith, PhD, is Professor of Psychology and Head of the Unit for School and Family Studies at Goldsmiths College, University of London. His research interests are in social development, play, bullying in school, and evolutionary theory. Dr. Smith is coauthor of [i]Understanding Children's Development[/i] and coeditor of [i]The Nature of School Bullying[/i] and the [i]Blackwell Handbook of Childhood Social Development[/i]. He has written widely on children's play, particularly on pretend play training and rough-and-tumble play. Dr. Smith is also a Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

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