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The Development of the Whole Child

  • Lisa M. Oakes - University of California, Davis, USA
  • Vanessa Lobue - Professor, Rutgers University, USA, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA
  • Marianella Casasola - Cornell University, Department of Psychology, USA

November 2023 | 544 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Lisa M. Oakes, Vanessa Lobue, and Marianella Casasola's Infancy: The Development of the Whole Child unites historically important and cutting-edge theories and research to illustrate the development of the whole child from birth to age three. Topically organized and written in a conversational tone, the text illustrates the interconnected nature of development through links within its bio-psycho-social coverage. Through its inclusive approach, students see individual similarities and differences in development as a function of factors such as culture, language experience, parenting style, and socioeconomic status. Stories from the authors' own experiences with infants highlight connections between research and parenting, social policy, and everyday contexts, effectively bringing the topics to life for students.

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Chapter 1: Why and How We Study Infant Development
Chapter 2: Biological and Brain Development
Chapter 3: Prenatal, Sensory Development, and the Newborn
Chapter 4: Perceptual Development
Chapter 5: Physical and Motor Development
Chapter 6: The Development of Cognitive Skills
Chapter 7: Infants’ Developing Understanding of the World
Chapter 8: The Development of Play and Symbols
Chapter 9: Language Development
Chapter 10: Emotional Development
Chapter 11: Social Development
Chapter 12: The Context of Infant Development—Parenting, Peers, and Community


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"This book is a modern take on the study of infancy. It brings together some of the most up-to-date research in easy-to-understand language that the students can use to see the relevance of this field, not just for them as parents (which is what most of them think of when they take my class), but also for other practitioners and policymakers."

Manuela Jimenez
Arizona State University

"I appreciate how respectful and inclusive these authors are towards diversity and variability in development. They really contextualize developmental pathways and explain clearly how various aspects of development (e.g., perception, postural development, and learning) are inextricably intertwined. But they also do tease apart those aspect of each developmental area that can be specified (e.g., the various building blocks of language). I enjoyed many of their research and case examples, and was surprised, at times, by research that I had not seen yet! I think you would like this text."

Ilse DeKoeyer
University of Utah

"Infancy, First Edition is the first textbook I've read that I actually really enjoyed! The authors are incredible mom-scientists who use personal stories about their own kiddos throughout the book as examples. I learned so much and I STRONGLY recommend this textbook for those interested in infant development!!"

University of California, Davis

Fantastic , well set out book, detailing infant development , highly recommended to learners and used in lessons

Miss Sam Ford
Psychology, Southend Adult Community College
February 23, 2024

Text is easy to read and provides marvelous real world examples from the authors' own infants. The text also does a very good job of discussing research findings on social and cultural influences on development.

Professor Elizabeth Boerger
Psychology Dept., Slippery Rock University
January 7, 2024
Key features
  • A topical approach emphasizes connections between different developmental domains and the cascading effects of development in one domain on other areas.
  • The authors' real-life examples bring theoretical concepts in development to life.
  • Infancy in Real Life boxes connect the content to infants' everyday experiences with real-life examples, such as the effects of the back-to-sleep campaign or educational toys.
  • Infancy Research boxes invite students to evaluate research studies, recognize limitations, and consider ways the studies could be improved.
  • The Whole Infant boxes highlight connections across domains, like the relationship between attention and emotional development.

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