Early Childhood Development: A Multicultural Perspective, Fifth Edition addresses both typical and atypical child development from birth through age eight. This text highlights the diversity of child development, preparing professionals to meet the unique needs of children from a wide variety of backgrounds.
Development is Examined from a Multicultural Perspective.
• Developmental domains are presented with examples drawn from diverse cultures. This multicultural perspective prepares adults to meet the distinct needs of every child. Take a look at the table of contents to see how every topic is examined; for example, sections on language development include descriptions of second-language learning and the linguistic development of non-English speakers.
Practical Applications Make This Text a Hands-on Guide for Educators and Caregivers.
• Assessing Young Children features help professionals interpret the behavior of young children and use this information to plan programs, guide interactions, and enrich development. For examples, see pages 292 and 327.
• Classroom Adaptations features provide practical ideas for adapting classroom space, materials, curricula, and adult interactions for children with special needs. For examples, see pages 262, 289, and 323.
• Child Guidance features offer research-based methods to enrich children’s physical, cognitive, social, emotional, or linguistic development. For examples, see pages 290 and 325.
• Research into Practice sections describe practical classroom and parenting applications. For examples, see pages291 and 325.
Advocacy and Key Public Policy Issues Related to Child Development Are Discussed in Every Chapter.
• Each chapter connects the research and theories of the text with ideas for advocacy and the shaping of public policy to benefit children and families.
• Advocacy and Public Policy features present key public policy issues for each level and domain of development as well as examples and suggestions for how professionals can integrate advocacy into their practice. For examples, see pages 288 and 320.