Developmental Psychology for Teachers: An Applied Approach
Allen & Unwin
D. M. McInerney
1 Jan 2006
Developmental Psychology for Teachers offers a thorough introduction to the aspects of human development which are of most importance in the classroom. Many physical and neurological developments occur around the same age for most children from all backgrounds, while other aspects of development such as social skills and moral perspective are strongly affected by upbringing and experience. Teachers need to know how to support optimal development in the children in their care. Dennis McInerney outlines the stages of physical, motor and cognitive development from birth to early adulthood, explaining the relationship between heredity and environment. He explores concepts of intelligence, giftedness and disability, and shows how they relate to intellectual development at different ages. He also explores social, emotional and moral development. Core theories are explained clearly along with current research findings, and illustrated with practical classroom-based examples. The implications for effective teaching are emphasised. With illustrations, discussion questions and activities, as well as useful online references and a glossary, this book is an ideal introduction to developmental psychology for teachers and allied professionals working with children of all ages.