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There is no other book on the market that comes near in its scholarship, coverage and accessibility. Martyn Barrett, University of Surrey <!––end––>

A very valuable text for everyone interested in children′s development. Professor Judith Dunn, Institute of Psychiatry, King′s College London

Understanding Children′s Developmentis one of the best introductory treatments of this discipline that I know. Professor C. Philip Hwang, Gothenburg University, Sweden

"Overall this text provides a comprehensive introduction to developmental psychology that will appeal to a wide range of readers, from those undertaking introductory university courses in human development to a wide range of professionals wishing to update their knowledge of children′s development. The fact that it is written in the most accessible of styles, with frequent suggestions for ways of relating the material to everyday experiences, makes it a particularly useful resource for those new to the area. However, its emphasis on contemporary research and suggestions for further reading will also appeal to the more knowledgeable reader seeking ways to extend his/her understanding of development. The authors state their goals were to produce a book that kept abreast of recent advances in the field of developmental psychology, as well as summarising ′core′ knowledge about human development. As should be evident from the above review, both these goals are certainly achieved in the fourth edition of Understanding Children′s Development." Steven Lyttle, University College Northampton, ICD, September 2003

"The overall presentation of the book is an improvement on its predecessors. The pages are larger and glossier with more (better quality) photographs included. There is now some use of colour for headings and box tables which enhances the layout and visual appeal of each chapter. This may be particularly attractive to those ′new to the study of psychology′ ... There is little doubt that the book delivers what it promises ... Given the high standard and overall quality of this book, I have no major criticisms to make. The chapters are skilfully written; succinct yet clear. Issues were tackled thoroughly and with enthusiasm. Topics were treated perceptively with arguments and counter–arguments well–placed throughout ... I found this book extremely rewarding to explore. It was very instructive and engaging thus I have no hesitation in recommending it to all those interested in a comprehensive introduction to child development – a valuable addition to any bookshelf!" Donna McWilliam, University of Strathclyde, British Journal of Developmental Psychology, Vol.21, Part 3, September 2003

"A comprehensive introduction to developmental psychology that will appeal to a wide range of readers, from those undertaking introductory university courses in human development to a wide range of professionals wishing to update their knowledge of children′s development. The fact that it is written in the most accessible of styles, with frequent suggestions for relating the material to everyday experiences, makes it a particularly useful resource to those new to the area. However, its emphasis on contemporary research and suggestions for further reading will also appeal to the more knowledgeable reader seeking ways to extend his/her understanding of development. The authors state that their goals were to produce a book that kept abreast of recent advances in the field of developmental psychology, as well as summarizing ′core′ knowledge about human development. Both these goals are certainly achieved in the fourth edition of Understanding Children′s Development." Infant and Child Development: An International Journal of Research, Volume 13, Number 4, November 2004

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This classic textbook provides an outstanding introduction to the field of developmental psychology. It is comprehensive in its coverage, and presents the latest developments in contemporary scholarship in a highly accessible format. It is a real pleasure to read. There is no better introductory level book on the market.  
Professor Martyn Barrett, University of Surrey

This book is a comprehensive, accessible and valuable addition to the field of psychology. It provides extensive insights into current research and contemporary issues in the area with both clarity and authority. The book is highly recommended to anyone engaged with the research and practice of child development.  
Marilyn Hackney, Manchester Metropolitan University

"This is definitely one of my favorite developmental textbooks! It´s very comprehensive and covers all the topics I cover in my courses and more."
C. Philip Hwang, Gothenburg University, Sweden

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144 of 156 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Nov. 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is ideal for those people that haven't got a clue what child development is all about, and/or those that need further grounding on it.
The first few chapters build up a little background knowledge to psychology in general and the history of child delevopment, so those of you that know relatively nothing aren't thrown in at the deep end.
It is both comprehendible and quite easy to read. Jargon is explained and psychological models are illustrated clearly and plainly. It lacks nothing. All areas are covered in sufficient depth and reference to interesting research has been included to keep your attention focused.
All in all; worth buying.
Other relevant reads:
Child Developement: Laura Berk
The Blackwell reader in development: Slater and Muirer
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ANZ on 18 July 2009
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An extremely informative textbook, with information ranging from birth to adulthood. It is very reader friendly and is especially useful for the first year of your psychology degree. It covers all the areas including Vygotsky, Piaget , attachment theory and various other topics. A superb textbook!!!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Claire Brannan on 24 Oct. 2011
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This book is fantastic!! I am currently studing 2+2 BA degree in Early Childhood Development and this book is like the bible for this course. Very easy to understand but being academic enough to reference as well. xx
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jane Rodley on 17 Nov. 2009
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very informative and well written book which will be invaluable for my foundation degree studies
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Gillian Sharp on 9 Jun. 2009
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This book was more detailed than I had expected. The seller was very efficient and book arrived in perfect condition.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Member101 on 5 July 2012
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Bought this as part of my studies. It's well laid out, well written and very interesting. Despite having studied Children's Development for over 5 years now this text has introduced some new theories and concepts as well as going over well travelled territory. I can see this being a text I refer back to again and again.
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Although this is a used book, it is in excellent condition. The book arrived within the time limit stated, and was in secure packaging with no damage, etc.,. Cannot fault this seller, as have bought from them in the past and they have never failed me yet. Would definitely recommend for all to at least view, try, and buy, will not be disappointed!!.
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By L. J. Dunn on 17 May 2014
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a very good source book for learning child development and early years. the only problem I had with it was that the pages are really thin, but saying that none have torn. reminded me of a really thick informative magazine.

but if you can get over that trivial thing it is a great book for theorists
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