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Child Development: Early Stages Through Age 12, 7th Edition

Child Development: Early Stages Through Age 12, 7th Edition
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By: Celia Anita Decker, Ed.D.

ISBN: 978-1-60525-293-3
Format: Hardcover
Copyright: ©2011
Subject: Child Care / Human Dev / Parenting
Grade Level: 9-14
Retail Price: $77.28
School Price: $57.96


Child Development: Early Stages Through Age 12 is designed to help students understand how to work with and care for children as they grow. The contents of this authoritative text focus on guiding children's development and meeting developmental needs from the prenatal stage through the school-age years. The text also explores play activities, ways to keep children healthy and safe, group programs, and child-related careers. Many examples are provided to help apply this information when working with children of all ages.
  • Includes more information on the child development principles and theories of Erikson, Piaget, Vygotsky, and Gardner.
  • Appendices cover important topics such as Developmental Milestones, Recommended Childhood Immunizations, and Indoor Dangers.
  • Focus On… chapter features related to child development content to academic subjects, such as financial literacy, health, reading, science, social studies, and speech.
  • Learn More About… chapter features motivate students to seek further information about important chapter content.
  • Career clusters icons in each chapter identify child-related occupations and highlight the typical job duties, education needed, and job outlook.
  • NEW! Instructor's PowerPoint Presentations examine each chapter of the text.
  • NEW! Companion Web Site extends learning beyond the classroom with interactive activities.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Children in Today's World
  1. Learning About Children
  2. Families Today
  3. Preparing for Parenting

Part 2: Prenatal Development and the Newborn
  4. Pregnancy
  5. Prenatal Care
  6. Childbirth
  7. The Newborn

Part 3: Infants
  8. Physical Development of the Infant
  9. Intellectual Development of the Infant
10. Social-Emotional Development of the Infant
11. Providing for the Infants Developmental Needs

Part 4: Toddlers
12. Physical Development of the Toddler
13. Intellectual Development of the Toddler
14. Social-Emotional Development of the Toddler
15. Providing for the Toddlers Developmental Needs
Part 5: Preschoolers and School-Age Children
16. Physical Development of the Preschooler
17. Intellectual Development of the Preschooler
18. Social-Emotional Development of the Preschooler
19. Providing for the Preschoolers Developmental Needs
20. School-Age Children

Part 6: Guiding and Caring for Children
21. Teaching Through Play
22. Protecting Childrens Health and Safety
23. Child Care and Education in Group Settings
24. Children with Special Needs
25. Concerns of Children and Families
26. Making Career Decisions

Look Inside

Text Update
   sample Page 511 (PDF, 438 KB)
Online Text, 6yr. Classroom Subscription (min. 15)
   sample Front Matter (g-wonlinetextbooks.com, Child Development / Parenting)
   sample Chapter 1 (g-wonlinetextbooks.com, Child Development / Parenting)
   sample Chapter 11 (g-wonlinetextbooks.com, Child Development / Parenting)
Presentations for PowerPoint
   sample Chapter 1 (PPS, 2.55 MB)
Teacher's Edition Update
   sample Page 511 (PDF, 436 KB)
Companion Website
   sample View Site (www.g-wlearning.com, Child Development)
  Note: Sample file quality has been reduced to allow for Internet streaming and viewing.


   PDF Human Growth & Development for Early Childhood (PDF, 311 KB)
New Mexico
   PDF Child Development - Form F (PDF, 506 KB)
   PDF Child Development - Form F.10 (PDF, 232 KB)
North Carolina
   PDF Early Childhood Education (PDF, 294 KB)
   PDF Parenting and Child Development (PDF, 329 KB)
Pre-PAC Correlations
   PDF Early Childhood Education Pre-PAC (PDF, 269 KB)
   PDF Child Development (PDF, 239 KB)
  Note: Correlation files may not be available for all listed courses.

About Author(s)

Celia Anita Decker, Ed.D. - After a 38-year career in education, Celia A. Decker retired as a professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at Northwestern State University of Louisiana. She taught courses in early childhood education, child development, and family relations. Dr. Decker was coordinator of graduate studies in early childhood education. Before her position at Northwestern State University, she taught college courses at East Texas State University (now Texas A&M at Commerce) and at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Dr. Decker also taught public school kindergarten in Kansas City, Kansas.

In addition to writing Child Development, Dr. Decker coauthors Parents and Their Children with Verdene Ryder. Dr. Decker has also published other books, numerous chapters in books, and articles. She presents papers at national and state annual meetings of professional associations, such as the National Association for the Education of Young Children, Southern Early Childhood Association, Association for Childhood Education International, National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators, and the Society for Research in Child Development. She does extensive consultant work for Head Start, Even Start, and local school systems.

During her years of teaching, Dr. Decker was named to Who's Who in Child Development Professionals, Who's Who in Personalities of the South, Who's Who in American Women, and the World's Who's Who in Education. In 1994, she was selected as the Outstanding Professor at Northwestern State University.


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Text 720 978-1-60525-293-3 $77.28$57.96
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Online Text, 1yr. Individual Access Key Code 978-1-60525-759-4 $38.64$28.98
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* Teacher's Edition 752 978-1-60525-294-0 $105.00$78.75*
* Teacher's Resource Guide 421 978-1-60525-296-4 $100.00$75.00*
* Teacher's Resource CD 978-1-60525-297-1 $248.00$186.00*
* ExamView® Assessment Suite CD 1460 test questions 978-1-60525-298-8 $244.00$183.00*
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* Teacher's Presentations for PowerPoint® Site License 1340 slides 978-1-60525-300-8 $504.00$378.00*
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