ERIC Number: ED405994
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
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Emerging: Child Development in the First Three Years.
Nixon, Dianne; Gould, Katy
As our knowledge of young children grows, so does our awareness of the importance of the first few years of life. This book is written for students of child care at the college level, for those who work with children in the first three years of their lives, and for anyone who wants to understand more about what researchers and theorists have to tell us about this age group. It contains nine chapters. Chapter 1, "Overview of Theories," explores Piaget's theory of cognitive development, Vygotsky's theory of language and cognition, Bruner, the constructivists and behaviorists, and Erikson's theory of social-emotional development. Chapter 2, "The Neonate," describes physical and emotional features of the very young infant, covering such topics as reflexes, senses, cycles, temperament, bonding, and the influence of gender and race. Chapter 3, "The First Year of Life," describes development in gross and fine motor skills and cognitive, emotional, and social capabilities. Chapter 4, "Language Development," covers the sequence, theories, and application of theories of language acquisition. Chapter 5, "The Second Year of Life," is similar to Chapter 3, also exploring issues of autonomy versus shame and doubt. Chapter 6, "Play and the Development of the Child," presents a historical perspective, theories of play, and principles of play in the first three years. Chapter 7, "The Third Year of Life," is similar to Chapters 3 and 5. Chapter 8, "Inclusion of Children with Additional Needs," discusses various disabilities and abused children and presents strategies for active inclusion. Finally, Chapter 9, "Observing the Child," explores the need for observation, formal and practical observation methods, and ethical considerations. An appendix provides of checklist for various stages of development. Contains approximately 91 references. (EV)
Descriptors: Attachment Behavior, Behaviorism, Child Abuse, Child Development, Child Rearing, Cognitive Development, Constructivism (Learning), Developmental Stages, Disabilities, Emotional Development, Foreign Countries, Infants, Language Acquisition, Neonates, Observation, Physical Development, Piagetian Theory, Play, Social Development, Young Children
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