A lively and engaging new edition, this book examines child development as a process involving the whole child within multiple, mutually influencing contexts. With an emphasis on biological and cultural factors, it explores the pathways of development shared by all children plus the diverse developmental patterns that unfold in them as individuals.
CYNTHIA LIGHTFOOT is Professor and Head of Human Development and Family Studies at the Pennsylvania State University, Brandywine, USA. Her published works focus on the sociocultural contexts of child and adolescent development, most recently, on teen pregnancy. MICHAEL COLE from the University of California, USA. SHEILA R. COLE is a former journalist who specialized in writing about families, children, development, and education. She is also a children's writer. Her most recent book offers a history of American childhood and is written for young people. She has also authored picture books, historical fiction, and novels for young adults. She participates in literacy programs for homeless adolescents.