Early Childhood Development: Pearson New International Edition

Jeffrey Trawick-Smith  
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November 2013
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Early Childhood Development: A Multicultural Perspective, 6/e 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.


From reviews of Early Childhood Development: A Multicultural Perspective: 

“I believe that overall the textbook is unique in its multicultural approach.  It is also very reader friendly and contains the information that is essential to understanding the development of children. . . . [T]his text is one of the few that truly does focus on the early development years.  Additionally, it is one of the only [texts] that has the multicultural emphasis.”

   —Keri Maxwell, West Virginia University


“I use the text because it is the only one that I have found with a true multicultural focus throughout, not just a “multicultural” chapter at the end of the book. . . . [The W]riting is excellent, especially helpful are the examples and vignettes. . . . [The book] gives multiple examples of how content is applied; gives a review of important points; and gives application ideas at the end of each chapter.  [A] strength [of Chapter 18] is looking at family issues (poverty, oppression, etc.) and going through the different age ranges covered in this book. That helped to integrate that knowledge about families and apply it across ages.”

   —Sandra Newcomb, University of Maryland, College Park


“Excellent text. . . . [T]he author has done an outstanding job of presenting key concepts in a readable, understandable, and relational way.  Excellent Research into Practice [feature].”

   –Marilee Cosgrove, California State University, Fullerton


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.


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.

•   Classroom Adaptations features provide practical ideas for adapting classroom space, materials, curricula, and adult interactions for children with special needs.

•   Child Guidance features offer research-based methods to enrich children’s physical, cognitive, social, emotional, or linguistic development.

•   Research into Practice sections describe practical classroom and parenting applications.

•   The Media features examine the influence of television and computers on young children’s development, with recent research suggesting recommendations for teachers and parents.


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.

New to this Edition

  • A new emphasis on neuroscience and brain research helps us to understand so much better how children think, learn, feel, and behave.
  • Every chapter includes at least one new section on how the brain contributes to advances in physical, cognitive, linguistic, social, or emotional development across age groups.
  • An extensive section on assessment has been added. 
  • Clinical and classroom-based methods for assessing learning and development of young children are presented.
  • The use of assessment data in teaching and parenting are fully explored. 
  • A more extensive examination of toddlerhood, as a distinct period of development, is included. Newly-discovered advancements of children between the ages of 18 months and 3 years are profiled.
  • The book contains discussions of more than 800 new research studies and articles on early childhood development that have been published since the last edition.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Studying Early Childhood Development in a Diverse World

Chapter 2: Historical Perspectives and Research in Early Childhood Development

Chapter 5: The Newborn

Chapter 6: Infant Physical Growth and Brain Development

Chapter 7: Cognitive Development in Infancy

Chapter 8: Infant Language and Literacy

Chapter 9: Infant Social and Emotional Development

Chapter 10: Preschool Physical and Motor Development


Chapter 11: Cognitive Development in the Preschool Years

Chapter 12: Symbolic Thought: Play, Language, and Literacy in the Preschool Years


Chapter 13: Social and Emotional Development of Preschoolers


Chapter 14: Physical Growth and Motor Development in the Primary Years


Chapter 15: Cognition and Schooling


Chapter 16: Language, Literacy, and Schooling


Chapter 17: Social and Emotional Development in the Primary Years