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Infants, Children, and Adolescents

Infants, Children, and Adolescents

Ninth Edition
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July 2022 | 816 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Recipient of the 2024 Textbook & Academic Authors Association (TAA) McGuffey Longevity Award  
This award recognizes textbooks and learning materials that have demonstrated excellence over time.

A best-selling, chronologically organized child development text, Laura E. Berk's Infants, Children, and Adolescents is relied on in classrooms worldwide for its clear, engaging writing style, exceptional multicultural and cross-cultural focus, first-rate coverage of developmental neuroscience, rich examples, and long-standing commitment to presenting the most up-to-date scholarship. Renowned professor, researcher, and author Laura E. Berk takes an integrated approach to presenting development in the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social domains, emphasizing the complex interchanges between heredity and environment and offering research-based, practical applications that students can relate to their personal and professional lives. The Ninth Edition's extensive revision strengthens the connections among developmental domains and brings forth the most recent scholarship, representing the changing field of child development.

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1. History, Theory, and Research Strategies
2. Genetic and Environmental Foundations
3. Prenatal Development
4. Birth and the Newborn Baby
5. Physical Development in Infancy and Toddlerhood
6. Cognitive Development in Infancy and Toddlerhood
7. Emotional and Social Development in Infancy and Toddlerhood
8. Physical Development in Early Childhood
9. Cognitive Development in Early Childhood
10. Emotional and Social Development in Early Childhood
11. Physical Development in Middle Childhood
12. Cognitive Development in Middle Childhood
13. Emotional and Social Development in Middle Childhood
14. Physical Development in Adolescence
15. Cognitive Development in Adolescence
16. Emotional and Social Development in Adolescence
17. Emerging Adulthood


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An array of high-quality instructor materials accompanies Infants, Children, and Adolescents:
  • Instructor's Resource Manual (IRM). The IRM can be used by first-time or experienced instructors to enrich classroom experiences. Each chapter includes a brief chapter summary; a chapter outline; lecture enhancements that present cutting-edge topics along with suggestions for using the content in class; and learning activities that provide "live" examples of research findings, discussion topics, and written assignments. Also included are model answers to the text’s Ask Yourself questions and listings of available videos on relevant topics.
  • Test Bank. The Test Bank contains over 2,000 multiple-choice and essay questions, each of which is page-referenced to chapter content and also classified by type and difficulty level.
  • PowerPoint™ Presentation. The PowerPoint presentation provides outlines and illustrations of key topics for each chapter of the text.

This is an excellent resource that I will add to the recommended reading section of the course syllabus. However, I find it provides more detail than my students can typically use and digest, so I can't consider it as a primary text.

Dr Susan Jackson
Psychology, Touro College
September 11, 2023

Excellent structured breakdown of child and adolescent development appropriate for an undergraduate population. I especially like the consistent and methodical nature in which the topic was covered. It is helpful to have a system that students can easily follow.

Steven Luke
Psychology, South College
May 28, 2023

Offers a comprehensive overview of development for infants, children and adolescents. While there has been a change in the images presented and more representation of our global diversity there is however a need to more intentionality include people of color in being active thinkers and developers of development theories. The theorists and researchers presented in the text continue to be monolithic in terms of race, gender and ability. Additionality I have questions around some of the ableist language used in sections describing disabilities.

Dr Denise Hughes-Tafen
Education, Linn Benton Community College
March 4, 2023

It has been the book the college decided to use before I was employed.

Professor Rudia Kihura
College Of Education, Black Hills State University
August 19, 2022

School use the textbook before I was employed.

Professor Rudia Kihura
College Of Education, Black Hills State University
August 19, 2022
Key features
Thoroughly Engaging Writing Style
  • Berk makes the study of child development both involving and pleasurable for students. Infants, Children, and Adolescents is written in an engaging, personal style — one that is highly accessible — and contains real-life human-interest stories. The author encourages students to relate what they read to their own lives. Stories and vignettes of real individuals, a Berk signature feature, open each chapter and continue throughout the text to illustrate developmental principles and teach through engaging narrative. This text "teaches while it tells a story."
Unparalleled, Up-to-Date Research
  • Classic, contemporary, and cutting-edge theories and research are presented with unusual clarity. By providing an up-to-date and easily understood overview of the field, the text is unusually effective in strengthening students' understanding, retention, and application of what they have learned. This Ninth Edition offers more than 2,000 new research citations.
Exceptional Integration of Culture and Diversity
  • Multicultural and cross-cultural material is presented not only in the text's research and in many positive and diverse examples, but also through attractive photos and figures, which enhance student interest and understanding. Cultural Influences boxes deepen the attention to culture threaded throughout the text and accentuate both multicultural and cross-cultural variations in development.
Appealing and Meaningful Applications
  • Integrated throughout the text, appealing applications show students how the concepts they’re learning relate to real-world situations. Applied features are relevant to students pursuing a variety of fields, including psychology, education, nursing and other health professions, sociology, anthropology, family studies, and social services. Applying What We Know tables provide practical real-life applications based on theory and research findings. Berk speaks directly to students as parents or future parents and to those pursuing diverse careers and areas of study. Look and Listen activities promote active learning, asking students to observe what real children say and do; to speak with or observe parents, teachers, or other professionals; and to inquire into community programs and practices that influence children.
Other Outstanding Pedagogical Features

Several additional features support students’ mastery of the subject matter, inspire critical thinking, and help students engage with information on child development and apply it to the real world.
  • Milestones tables summarize major physical, cognitive, language, emotional, and social attainments of each age period. In addition to offering an overview of change, each entry is page-referenced to provide students with a convenient tool for review.
  • Ask Yourself critical thinking questions prompt students to think about child development in diverse ways, with three question types:
    • Connect questions help students build an image of the whole child by integrating what they have learned across age periods and domains of development.
    • Apply questions encourage application of knowledge to controversial issues and problems faced by children, parents, and professionals who work with them.
    • Reflect questions personalize the study of child development by asking students to reflect on their own development, life experiences, and values.
Four Types of Thematic Boxes
  • Biology and Environment boxes highlight our growing awareness of the complex, bidirectional relationship between biology and environment.
  • Cultural Influences boxes deepen the attention to culture threaded throughout the text and accentuate both multicultural and cross-cultural variations in development.
  • Social Issues boxes discuss the impact of social conditions on children and emphasize the need for sensitive social and public policies to ensure their well-being. They are divided into two types:
    • Social Issues: Health boxes address values and practices relevant to children’s physical and mental health.
    • Social Issues: Education boxes focus on home, school, and community influences on children’s learning.
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