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  • Young child in context: a psycho-social perspective, The 2/e
  • De Witt M
  • ISBN: 9780627033711
  • eISBN: N/A
  • ePub ISBN: 9780627034824
  • 415 Pages | Published: 2016

Children are constantly changing and undergoing processes of emotional and physical development as they grow and experience their world. At each age and stage of development, children need support and assurance from adults in order to assimilate the effects of these changes. The pace of any child’s development and its outcome are determined by both genetic factors and the influence of the environment. The young child in context 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 socio-educational. Each chapter provides definitions of concepts, self-test questions and field assignments related to the topics covered.


Contents include the following:


•  Influence of heredity and the environment

•  Progress of language and speech development

•  Acquisition of self-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

•  Influence of poverty


The young child in context is aimed at researchers and subject specialists interested in early childhood.


Marike W. de Witt has 35 years’ teaching/lecturing experience. She has participated in a number of teacher training programmes over these years, involving both preschool student teachers and postgraduate students in Master’s and doctoral studies. She is an active researcher in the field of early childhood and has published numerous research articles in nationally and internationally accredited journals. Her continued involvement in schools in deep rural areas equips her with a good understanding of the African context.


Chapter 1   The development of the child from birth to the age of nine

Chapter 2   The humanisation and becoming of the young child

Chapter 3   The young child and learning

Chapter 4   The physicality or bodiliness of the young child

Chapter 5   The development of the nervous system, perception and sensory-motor integration

Chapter 6   The young child’s language and speech development

Chapter 7   The child asking questions

Chapter 8   The young child’s acquisition of an identity

Chapter 9   Children’s play

Chapter 10 The gifted child

Chapter 11 The young child experiencing stress

Chapter 12 Learning and readiness for school

Chapter 13 The role of discipline in the development of the young child

Chapter 14 The spiritual and religious development of the young child

Chapter 15 The characteristics and role of the teacher




Chapter 16 Socialisation of the young child

Chapter 17 The family’s influence on the socialisation of the young child

Chapter 18 The role and influence of the school on the socialisation of the child

Chapter 19 The impact of childcare on the child

Chapter 20 Sex differences and gender role identification in the young child

Chapter 21 The influence of the mass media and recreation on the young child

Chapter 22 Urbanisation and the informal housing sector

Chapter 23 The environmentally deprived child

Chapter 24 Child abuse and vulnerable children

Chapter 25 The immigrant child

Chapter 26 The effect of poverty on childhood development

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