Middle Childhood Development: A Contextual Approach

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Merrill/Pearson, 2009 - Education - 508 pages
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Middle Childhood Development: A Contextual Approach is a new and integrative resource for practitioners who work with children ages 6 through 12. With a focus on the historical and cultural context of middle childhood and on developmental pathways, this  text explores the ways in which middle childhood is considered both a stage of development and a transitional period.

 

An Emphasis on Application

  • Current research is translated into practical applications for educators, parents, and other professionals.  See the feature "Guideposts for Working with School-age Children;" for examples, see pages 90, 173 and 332.
  • In addition, "Stop and Reflect" questions embedded in the text also allow readers to integrate and apply chapter content to their own lives; for examples, see pages 108, 166 and 328.

An Integrated Discussion of Research and Theories

  • Based on recent research findings, the authors provide suggestions on what to expect and how to interact with children in middle childhood.
  • Rather than one abstract introductory chapter, psychological theories of development are applied throughout the text to address particular chapter content in integrated sections called "Theoretical Viewpoints;" for examples, see pages 78, 158, and 304.  Each chapter also has a cumulative table of the theories presented in that chapter.
  • Each chapter includes key research on the ecologies of family, school, and community highlighted in separate sections called "Development in Context;" for examples, see pages 112, 184 and 334.
  • In each chapter, pedagogical boxes called "Roadmap to Understanding Theory and Research" and "Roadmap to Successful Practice" are included that alert students to key illustrations of chapter content; for examples, see pages 97, 182, and 333.

 

 

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Contents

Contents
4
Middle Childhood in Context 2
27
Contexts of Middle Childhood
28
Studying Middle Childhood
42
Chapter Review
72
Physical Development in Middle Childhood
78
Development in Context
112
Puberty Sexuality and Health
122
Relationships and Families
266
Social and Moral Development in Middle Childhood
304
Social and Moral Development in Context
334
Friends Play and Peer Relations
342
Friends and Peer Relations in Context
360
Social Identity and Gender Development in Middle Childhood
368
Social Identities in Context
395
Adolescence
404

Sex Education
138
Development in Context
150
Cognitive Development in Middle Childhood
158
Literacy Intelligence and Academic Achievement
192
Theoretical Viewpoint
199
Development in Context
219
Affective Development in Middle Childhood
228
Chapter Review
261
Developmental Milestones in Adolescence
415
Research on Risk and Opportunity in Adolescence
422
Contexts of Middle Adolescence
430
Appendix A Primer in Research Design
439
References
445
Author Index
485
Subject Index
497
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