on 24 July 2009
The title for this book is some what decieving. It is very well written but NOT a good read for those with no previous knowledge. If you are studying towards chid development or pyschology I recommend reading Donaldson's "children's minds" by 'Fontana' before contemplating this one.
This is a good book, not so much an 'introduction' to child psychology, but rather a good resource for study or an introduction to child psychology for those with some background in psychology!
A good reference for study but not really a great book to read for pleasure.
on 12 September 2013
I used this book for a university course on child psychology and found it to be well-written, easy to understand and very informative. New terms are explained in the margins and there is a glossary at the end of the book. I still refer to it now and again as it is a really good resource. The chapter on the Russian teacher and psychologist Vygotsky, for example, is a good introduction to his vitally important work that is often ignored. Another advantage of Schaffer's work is that he uses examples from different cultures to illustrate and to test various theories.
If you have no previous knowledge of psychology then a chapter on child psychology/development in an introductory psychology text might be more suitable. But if you are familiar with basic psychological terminology this book should be fine.