Every child constantly changes and undergoes processes of emotional and physical development.
At each age and stage of development children need continued support and assurance from adults in order to assimilate the effects of these changes.
The pace of the child's development and its outcome are determined by both genetic factors and the influence of the environment.
The young child in context: a thematic approach - perspectives from educational psychology and sociopedagogics examines the complex yet clearly defined phases in child development and how best to encourage and assist children through the formative first nine years of their lives.
The young child in context follows two different perspectives on the development of the young child: psychological and social educational. Each chapter provides definitions of concepts, and questions and field assignments related to the topics covered. Issues are discussed within a South African context.
Contents include the following|
Influence of heredity and the environment on the child's development
Progress of language and speech development
Acquisition of an own identity
Value and implementation of discipline
Children's play and the formation of social relationships
Family and its influence
Effect of mass media and urban living
Deprivation, neglect and sexual molestation