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  • Young child in context - A psycho-social perspective revised, The 2/e
  • De Witt M
  • ISBN: 9780627038297
  • eISBN: N/A
  • ePub ISBN: 9780627038303
  • 444 Pages | Published: 2020

Every child constantly changes and undergoes processes of emotional, cognitive, normative 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 psycho-social perspective examines the complex yet clearly defined phases in child development and suggests how best to encourage and assist children through the formative first nine years of their lives.


In the revised second edition, the case is put more strongly that the context of each child is of crucial importance and that stimulation is essential in enabling the child to reach his or her full potential.


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, self-test questions, field assignments, additional assignments for revision and case studies related to the topics covered. Issues are discussed within a South 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



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