• Summary
  • Overview
  • Key Readings

This new Major Work, in five volumes, captures the key conceptual issues and findings in research covering social development in early childhood, through to adolescence. Childhood social development is an enormous field of research addressing issues to do with emotional development, peer relations, self-esteem and bullying amongst other topics, and through the inclusion of both contemporary and classic papers, these volumes skilfully outline the development of the area, our current conceptions, and growing points and controversies.

Volume One: Social development within the family

Volume Two: Peer relations – friendship and play

Volume Three: Peer relations – dominance, aggression and bullying

Volume Four: Emotional intelligence and moral development

Volume Five: Cultural differences and theoretical perspectives

Editors' Introduction: Childhood Social Development
PeterSmith and AdamRutland
General Introduction to the Volumes

These five volumes of selected articles aim to provide the student of social development in childhood with a valuable resource, different from what is found in a standard textbook, invaluable though these are. There is much to be gained from reading the original key texts in the discipline. These have their own intrinsic interest, written from the perspective of the time, place and theoretical orientation of the author(s). They give a more varied, kaleidoscopic view of the discipline than is generally obtained from the more homogenised presentation of a textbook. Furthermore, textbooks only provide a condensed, partial and not always entirely accurate version of the original; while the original articles can sometimes be more ...

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