These books assume no previous knowledge of the field and encourage the reader's active involvement, especially through the use of activities. Examples drawn from case-studies, psychological research and practice stimulate critical appreciation of the issues covered. Selected short readings accompany the chapters to present ideas from a variety of sources.
The Foundations of Child Development is a broad and accessible introduction to theory and research, presenting integrated research-based accounts of development in key areas of early childhood, such as perceptual abilities, social relationships, individuality and object knowledge. A focus on modern developmental theories is complemented by detailed consideration of models of developmental processes. A theme that runs through the book is a concern with the ways in which biological, social and cultural influences interact in development.
2. Evolution and Development: Ken Richardson.
3. Sensation to Perception: John Oates.
4. The Genesis of Thought: Dennis Bancroft.
5. Infant Individuality: Jim Stevenson and John Oates.
6. Interactions in Development: Ken Richardson.
7. First Relationships: John Oates.