An introduction to childhood development by Keenan, Evans and Crowley is an excellent introduction to the field of developmental psychology. It is aimed at anyone looking for a foundational textbook on developmental psychology and to this end the book covers a wide variety of topics in the field of development. It starts with an overview of the key psychological theories which underlie the various types of development to be discussed later as well as an introduction to some of the research methodologies used by developmental researchers. All of this lays a very effective foundation upon which any reader who was entirely new to this field could build their understanding of topics featured in the later chapters. In the main body of the book there is a comprehensive selection of topics covering familiar areas of development such as cognitive, emotional and moral development, as well as equally valid but less familiar areas such as biological, linguistic and social development. The book finishes with an exploration of certain developmental disorders.
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