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Child Development Resources

The purpose of this guide is to lead the beginning researcher to the most important and useful sources in the Reference Collection and online for the study of child development.  The list of sources is not exhaustive; please consult with a Reference Librarian for additional suggestions. 

BOOKS

Learning and Memory:  MacMillan Psychology Reference Series.  John H. Byrne, ed.  Call no.:  REF 153.103 Learning.

ENCYCLOPEDIAS

Cambridge Encyclopedia of Human Growth and Development.  Stanley J. Ulijaszek, et al, editors.  Call no.: R 612.603 Cambridge.

Early Childhood Education:  An International Encyclopedia.  Rebecca S. New and Moncrieff Cochran.  v1-4. Call no.:  REF 372.2103.

*Encyclopedia of Early Childhood Education.  Leslie R. Williams and Doris Pronin Fromberg, ed.  Call no.:  REF 372.2103 Encyclopedia.

Encyclopedia of Human Development.  Neil J. Salkind, ed.  v 1-3.  Napa Main Library:  R155.03 Encyclopedia; Solano Community College HM626.E53.

*Encyclopedia of Psychology.  Alan E. Kazdin, ed.  Call no.:  REF 150.3 Encyclopedia.

*Particularly good for background information on Child Development Theorists 

BOOKS        
The Sonoma/Napa and Partners (SNAP) online catalog is the gateway to circulating books on child development. Search by keyword, author, title or subject. Subject headings strive to identify topics with consistent terminology. The basic terminology is produced by the Library of Congress. Always look at the subject headings in any catalog, database or index to make sure that you are searching with the most relevant terminology. Once you have the right terms, it's much easier to find the right books.When searching by subject, use one or more of the subject headings below:

BEHAVIORISM (PSYCHOLOGY)
CHILD DEVELOPMENT
CHILD PSYCHOLOGY
COGNITION AND CULTURE
COGNITION IN CHILDREN
DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY ENCYCLOPEDIAS
EARLY CHILHOOD EDUCATION, PHILOSOPHY
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION, UNITED STATES
ERIKSON, ERIK H. (ERIK HOMBURGER), 1902-1994


FREUD, SIGMUND, 1856-1939
HUMAN GROWTH ENCYCLOPEDIAS
LEARNING PHILOSOPHY
LEARNING, PSYCHOLOGY OF
PIAGET, JEAN, 1896-1980
PLAY
PSYCHOANALYTIC THEORY
SKINNER, B.F. (BURRHUS FREDERIC), 1904-1990
VYGOTSKII, L.S. (LEV SEMENOVICH), 1896-1934.


Connect to SNAP catalog

MAGAZINES AND NEWSPAPER ARTICLES IN PRINT  
Napa Valley College subscribes to several magazines and scholarly journals relating to child development.  Napa Valley College has the following periodicals:

Childhood Education
Exceptional Children (thru Spring 2010)
Parents
Young Children   

ONLINE DATABASES
The following databases may be useful in locating information on child development. These reference sources are available online through Solano, Napa and Partners (SNAP) databases and require a library card or e-card to access them.

Academic Search Complete
Eric (Ebsco)
E-books (Ebsco)

WEBSITES

An Overview of Moral Development
  http://tigger.uic.edu/~lnucci/MoralEd/overview.html
Studies in social and moral development education brought to you by the college of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Early Childhood Development:  Psychologists and Development Theorists
http://www2.yk.psu.edu/~mer7/theorists.htm
Created by York County School of Technology.  Last updated in 2005, but still contains useful links to child development theorists.

Gulf Bend Center:  Major Child Development Theories and Theorists
http://www.gulfbend.org/poc/view_doc.php?type=doc&id=7924&cn=28
Angela Oswalt, MSW, has created an overview of the major child development theories and theorists.  She includes Freud's psychosexual stage theory, Erikson's psychosocial stage theory, Piaget's moral understanding stage theory, Piaget's cognitive development stage theory and Bronfenbrenner's ecological systems theory.  A child development overview summary can also be found.

Kohlberg's Stages of Moral Development   http://faculty.plts.edu/gpence/html/kohlberg.htm
Excerpt of a book by W.C. Crain (1985) entitled Theories of Development posted by Gary Pence of Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary.

Personality Theories:  Jean Piaget 1896-1980
http://webspace.ship.edu/cgboer/piaget.html
Biography of Piaget written by Dr. C. George Boeree of Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania.  Also contains useful description of his theory and the various stages in a child's development.

Resources for ECE 
    http://hypermedia.educ.psu.edu/k-12/edpgs/su96/ece/TITLE.html
Pennsylvania State University doctoral students created this site for students and teachers of Early Childhood Education.

Stage Theorists     http://faculty.mc3.edu/jhodges/stagetheorists.pdf
Montgomery County Community College faculty have put together this useful guide for a quick comparison of Freud, Erikson, Piaget and Kohlberg.

POWERPOINTS

Child Development Theorists   www.sonoma.edu/users/p/pollack/edu420/overview07.web.ppt 
Helpful powerpoint created by Sonoma State students.


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Last updated:  August, 2010                                                                   Questions & Comments: Nancy McEnery