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Child Development
8th Edition
John W. Santrock

Accurate and up-to-date, eloquently written and intelligently presented; John Santrock's Child Development 8th edition strikes the balance for faculty and students. In this significant revision, John Santrock continues to present cutting edge research and offer strong coverage of important topics such as culture, ethnicity and gender, and school related issues in this topically organized introduction to child development. Expert consultants have worked with Santrock on all eighteen chapters to update approximately one third of the previous edition's references. To insure the utmost accuracy and currency of material, more of its' references derive from 1995 or even more recently published sources. In addition, the text's already strong pedagogical system has been improved to help student's better organize and think critically about the material. John Santrock's Child Development is written to satisfy the needs of those instructors that are looking for a successful combination of up to date research and strong content, real world applications, and student friendliness.

New Features

  • End of Chapter Explorations in Child Development sections demonstrate and explore the process of conducting Research in Child development and how this research is applied with Improving the Lives of Children.

  • Increased emphasis on Critical Thinking About Child Development boxes (2) within each chapter encourage students to think more deeply and critically about the material.

  • Significant updating of Sensory and Perceptual Development material in chapter on information processing.

  • Expert consultants reviewed each chapter adding their recommendations and insights to provide the most current information available about Child Development, with over 300 references from 1995, 1996, 1997 and in-press sources.

Proven Features:
  • Sociocultural World of Children boxes provide strong emphasis on culture and ethnicity combined with material integrated throughout the text. Students are introduced to the diversity of adolescents as they develop in different cultures.

  • Concept Tables appear twice in each chapter that review in digestable amounts the material covered in the chapter.

  • End of Chapter Cognitive Maps help students organize and visualize major concepts.

  • Perspectives on Parenting and Education chapter ending essays high-lights application to parenting and education that encourage critical thinking about ways to improve children's well being.

  • Practical Knowledge about Children chapter ending feature, provides students with additional knowledge and insight about practical applications for helping children reach their full potential through brief descriptions of recommended books.