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Smith, Anne,
Understanding children’s development,
ISBN 0908912412, Bridget Williams Books Ltd. Wellington

Understanding children Since it was first published in 1982, Understanding Children's Development has proved invaluable to New Zealanders working with youg children. This third edition has been extensively revised to incorporate recent research, particularly the new concentration, in developmental psychology, on the work of Vygotsky.

The book covers the years from birth to adolescence, but with particular emphasis on early and middle childhood. Anne Smith deals with the basic principles of learning, theories and descriptions of development, observation techniques, the importance of early experience, intelligence and assessment, and the family. Also discussed is the development of social behaviour, gender roles, language and thinking. A new chapter by Keith Ballard focuses on the integration of children with special needs into early childhood centres and schools.
Anne Smith brings to her subject an impressive knowledge of the theory, literature and principles of child development, and wide experience of the behaviour of New Zealand children. Understanding Children's Development will continue to prove an indispensable text for teachers and students of child development (especially those working with youg children), for other professionals such as social workers and nurses, and for parents.