Eighth Edition   ©2018

The Development of Children

Cynthia Lightfoot (Pennsylvania State University) , Michael Cole (University of California, San Diego) , Sheila R. Cole

  • ISBN-10: 1-4641-7886-0; ISBN-13: 978-1-4641-7886-3; Format: Cloth Text, 667 pages

Thoroughly updated research throughout. With over hundreds of new citations, students get a truly contemporary view of the research and its applications today. 

New online simulation, Developing Lives.  The study of child development enters a brilliant new era with Worth’s Developing Lives—a sophisticated, interactive experience in which each student “raises” a virtual child from sperm-and-egg to teenager.  Fully-integrated into LaunchPad, Developing Lives includes a variety of pedagogical resources, including more than 200 videos and animations (many new to this project) plus quizzes and essay questions that are easy to assign and assess.  The Part Openers in the Eighth Edition now include an additional table that connects the milestones in Developing Lives with the corresponding child development milestones.

New LearningCurve adaptive quizzing gives individualized sets of feedback based on each student’s correct and incorrect responses.  ALl the questions are tied back to the ebook to encourage students to read the book in preparation for class and exams.

New Warm Up feature at the beginning of each chapter provides thought-provoking questions and material to lead students to ponder key concepts to come in that chapter.

New Insights and Integration feature at the end of each chapter connects the content from the Warm Up and the content learned in that chapter.

New Now Trending in feature highlight new research in neuroscience or related subfields of developmental research.

Updated coverage of development and technology.  Research on technology’s impact on child development is a hot area of research and the Eighth Edition covers key topics like the use of electronic devices by infants, cyberbullying, and social media and identity.


New Media Option!
Achieve Read & Practice

Achieve Read & Practice marries Macmillan Learning’s mobile-accessible eBook with the acclaimed LearningCurve adaptive quizzing. It is an easy-to-use yet exceptionally powerful teaching and learning option that streamlines the process of increasing student engagement and understanding. instructors can assign reading simply, students can complete assignments on any device, and the cost is significantly less than that of a printed book.

With Achieve Read & Practice:

  • Instructors can arrange and assign chapters and sections from the eBook in any sequence they prefer.
  • Assignments come with LearningCurve quizzes offering individualized question sets, feedback, and eBook references that adapt to correct and incorrect answers. If students struggle with a particular topic, they are encouraged to re-read the material and answer a few short additional questions.
  • The Read & Practice gradebook tracks student performance individually and for the whole class, helping instructors prepare for class and one-on-one discussions.