The World of Children eBook (3e) : 9780133773255

The World of Children eBook (3e)

Cook, G et al
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Pearson Higher Ed USA
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About the book: Helping students make connections between science and practice.

The World of Children helps students connect the science and the practice of child development in a way that can positively change lives. The 3rd Edition features an active learning system that exposes students to real people facing real world child development challenges. It encourages readers to think critically about issues from multiple perspectives. The World of Children is a chronological child development text.

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Table of contents
  • Part One: Beginnings
  • Chapter 1: Exploring Child Development
  • Chapter 2: Heredity and the Environment
  • Chapter 3: Prenatal Development and Birth
  • Part Two: Infants and Toddlers: The First Years (Birth through 2 years)
  • Chapter 4: Physical Development in Infants and Toddlers
  • Chapter 5: Cognitive Development in Infants and Toddlers
  • Chapter 6: Socioemotional Development in Infants and Toddlers
  • Part Three: Early Childhood: The Playful Years (3 through 6 Years)
  • Chapter 7: Physical Development in Early Childhood
  • Chapter 8: Cognitive Development in Early Childhood
  • Chapter 9: Socioemotional Development in Early Childhood
  • Part Four: Middle Childhood: The School Years (7 through 11 Years)
  • Chapter 10: Physical Development in Middle Childhood
  • Chapter 11: Cognitive Development in Middle Childhood
  • Chapter 12: Socioemotional Development in Middle Childhood
  • Part Five: Adolescence: The Transition toward Adulthood (12 Years and beyond)
  • Chapter 13: Physical Development in Adolescence
  • Chapter 14: Cognitive Development in Adolescence
  • Chapter 15: Socioemotional Development in Adolescence


Features & benefits
  • In addition to training and research, Cook and Cook incorporate writing from their own experiences, bridging the gab between textbook learning and practice.
  •  A Learning Objectives Pathway helps guide students throughout the chapter.
    • Learning Objective questions at the start of each major section help students preview the important concepts they are about to study. NEW for this edition, the Learning Objectives are organised using Bloom’s taxonomy to guide students toward higher-level learning with four level of increasing difficulty:  know, understand, apply, and think critically. 
    • Let’s Review questions at the end of each sections assists students in mastering the material.  NEW for this edition:  the questions are now organised using the same levels of increasing difficulty as the learning objectives to guide students toward higher-level learning:  know, understand, apply, and think critically.  Answers accompany the questions, printed upside down.
    • Chapter Review reminds readers of the main questions addressed in the chapter and gives a quick review of the most important concepts.
    • A revisiting themes section included in the chapter review recaps where the four new research themes is found in each chapter.
  • Think About margin questions are placed at critical points throughout the chapter andask students how they might advise the characters described in the opening story of each chapter based on what they have learned so far.
  • Thinking Back sections at the end of each chapter summarise some of the possibilities for how students could have answered the margin questions.
  • Thinking Critically notes in the margins encourage students to think about how the chapter material relates to their own life. 





  • Practical Applications throughout the text help answer many of students’ questions. The authors demonstrate the practical applications of child development through interviews with professionals and families, illuminating how they use child development information every day. 
  • Professional Perspective boxes show students how a real professional uses child development information in practice. Each box explores a different career, introducing students to different career paths.
  • Personal Perspective boxes allow students to connect with the personal feelings of an actual parent, child, or adolescent who is experiencing an issue.
  • Social Policy Perspectives boxes spotlight the ways programs, laws, regulations, and other governing aspects of society can affect children These boxes gives students an understanding of how work in the field of child development can inform government officials, community service agencies, and other who have wide-ranging effects on the lives of children. 


  • Current research is presented throughout the text.  With over 600 new research citations in this new edition, each chapter is thoroughly updated to reflect the latest research in the field of child psychology.
  • The authors put special emphasis on the great advances being made in neuroscience research and the effect on the field. 
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