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Child Development From Infancy to Adolescence

Child Development From Infancy to Adolescence
An Active Learning Approach

Third Edition
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February 2023 | 744 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
In Child Development from Infancy to Adolescence, Third Edition, Laura Levine and Joyce Munsch employ a chronological organization to introduce topics within the field of child development through unique and engaging Active Learning opportunities. Within each chapter of this innovative, pedagogically rich text the authors introduce students to a wide range of real-world applications of psychological research to child development. With this edition, the text enhances its coverage of cultural examples while emphasizing diversity. The Active Learning and Journey of Research content incorporated throughout the book foster a dynamic and personal learning process for students. The authors cover the latest topics shaping the field of child development - including a focus on neuroscience, diversity, and culture - without losing the interest of undergraduate students.

Part I: Understanding Development: Why and How We Study Children and Adolescents
Chapter 1: Issues and Themes in Child Development
Chapter 2: Theory and Research in Development
Part II: Foundations of Child Development
Chapter 3: Nature Through Nurture: Genes and Environment
Chapter 4: Prenatal Development, the Newborn, and the Transition to Parenthood
Part III: Infancy and Toddlerhood
Chapter 5: Physical Development in Infancy and Toddlerhood
Chapter 6: Cognitive Development in Infancy and Toddlerhood
Chapter 7: Social and Emotional Development in Infancy and Toddlerhood
Part IV: Early Childhood
Chapter 8: Physical Development in Early Childhood
Chapter 9: Cognitive Development in Early Childhood
Chapter 10: Social and Emotional Development in Early Childhood
Part V: Middle Childhood
Chapter 11: Physical Development in Middle Childhood
Chapter 12: Cognitive Development in Middle Childhood
Chapter 13: Social and Emotional Development in Middle Childhood
Part VI: Adolescence
Chapter 14: Physical Development in Adolescence
Chapter 15: Cognitive Development in Adolescence
Chapter 16: Social and Emotional Development in Adolescence
Key features


  • Enhanced Test Your Knowledge features include videos of students answering select true/false questions with follow-up commentary by the authors.
  • Approximately 1,500 new references reflect cutting-edge topics such as the Zika virus and prenatal development, educational apps and children’s learning, selfies and narcissism, and transgender and gender-nonconforming children and teens.
  • A streamlined organization of cognitive development chapters provides more continuity in the coverage of the basic cognitive processes: attention, memory, executive function, and social cognition.
  • Expanded coverage of cultural diversity, including topics such as intersectionality and neurodiversity, helps instructors be more inclusive in presenting a broad range of possible developmental pathways.
  • Critical thinking questions at the end of each section prompt students to apply and integrate what they’ve read in order to expand their understanding of the material beyond memorization.
  • Increased focus on positive psychology and positive youth development aligns with the field’s movement toward a model that looks more closely at the strengths and protection factors in development, which has influenced how professionals work with children and families.
  • Continuity between chapters and topics has been enhanced through references to information from previous chapters or alerts for information in upcoming chapters.


  • A hallmark active learning approach engages students in personal, real-world applications of research and theory throughout each chapter.
  • Chapter-opening Test Your Knowledge assessments, revisited within the chapter, help students address common misconceptions about the field.
  • Journey of Research sections illuminate how research evolves and informs new ideas on key child development topics.
  • Active Learning print and video content demonstrates a wide range of activities, from actions students can try themselves to interactions with infants, children, and adolescents.

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