Provides an overview of development, then describes principles and sequences of physical, cognitive, and social/emotional development at the infant, toddler, preschool, and primary levels. Individual differences and developmental norms are stressed throughout.
"From the outset, the authors regard development as a consequence of nature and nurture, but they go far beyond that model by providing serious information not only about differences in rates and patterns of development, but also about reasons for those differences. Moreover, the book explicity incorporates, as variations of normal development, information about developmental disabilities….Slentz and Krogh provide an excellent treatment of the basics of child development, even for those who are not professionally interested in the variabililty of development. But add the emphasis on the extent of the variation that must be recognised in any treatment of child development whether theoretically or pragmatically oriented, and this book assumes a special importance."
Contents: Preface. Understanding Early Childhood Development. Infancy: From Cradle to Play Group. Toddlerhood: From Playgroup to Playground. Preschoolers: From Playground to Peer Group. Primary School: From Peer Group to Academics.