Child Development: Early Stages Through Age 12 provides students the knowledge needed to work with and care for children as they grow. All areas of development—physical, intellectual, social, and emotional—are addressed so students can better understand, assess, and meet the needs of children. The child development principles and theories of Erikson, Piaget, Vygotsky, and Gardner are highlighted. Additionally, the text explores play activities, ways to keep children healthy, and group programs.
A new chapter provides additional information on brain development.
Child-related occupations are discussed in detail, including duties, education requirements, and job outlook.
Case Studies are included in each chapter of the book to help students relate content to real-world situations.
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Table of Contents
Part 1: Children and Families in Today's World
1. Learning About Children 2. New Directions in Learning 3. Families Today 4. Preparing for Parenting
Part 2: Pregnancy and Childbirth
5. Pregnancy 6. Special Circumstances of Pregnancy 7. Childbirth
Part 3: Infancy
8. Physical Development in the First Year 9. Intellectual Development in the First Year 10. Social-Emotional Development in the First Year
Part 4: The Toddler Years
11. Physical Development of Toddlers 12. Intellectual Development of Toddlers 13. Social-Emotional Development of Toddlers
Part 5: The Preschool Years
14. Physical Development of Preschoolers 15. Intellectual Development of Preschoolers 16. Social-Emotional Development of Preschoolers
Part 6: The School-Age Years
17. Physical Development of School-Age Children 18. Intellectual Development of School-Age Children 19. Social-Emotional Development of School-Age Children
Part 7: Guiding and Caring for Children
20. Encouraging Children's Play Experiences 21. Protecting Children's Physical Health and Safety 22. Handling Family-Life Challenges 23. Meeting Children's Special Needs 24. Providing Early Childhood Education in Group Settings 25. Preparing for a Child-Related Career
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.