A Rigorous, Scientific Introduction to Child Development

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(1), 57–58. Reviews the book, Child Development by Thomas J. Berndt (1992). This text is topically arranged rather than chronologically organized. It is more appropriate for child development courses for students majoring in psychology than for students majoring in home economics or education, although home economics and education students who experience this book as an introduction to the child development will be well served. The classic, research-based perspectives on child development that have been accepted for the past 20 years are the focus of this book, with most of the important findings and well-known developmental investigations covered. Conventional interpretations of famous studies are usually favored, although often in more detail than in many introductory texts. In addition, Berndt reflects with sensitivity on the growing salience of biological perspectives in the developmental psychology community, with excellent coverage of heredity and the prenatal-to-newborn period. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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