• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

The uniqueness of Child and Adolescent Life Stories lies in the multiple perspectives drawn from youth, their parents, and their teachers. These perspectives provide a range of lenses through which a student or beginning teacher may view child and adolescent development. The complex processes of development occur within a social context, and therefore a professional teacher, administrator, or school psychologist will need to be able to view developmental stages from youths’ perspectives as well as from their various social settings.

Ben: Having His Way at Preschool and Home
Ben: Having his way at preschool and home
Primary and Secondary Issues
Primary Issues:Secondary Issues:
  • Social skill development
  • Social cognition
  • Peer and family relationships
  • Kindergarten readiness
  • Cognitive and language development
  • Self-perception
  • Teacher-student interaction
  • Play
  • Family-school relations
  • Classroom management

“Playing on the computer is my favorite thing to do,” says Ben in a firm and very convincing voice. Ben, who is nearly four, confidently goes on to explain that his favorite computer game is Horton the Elephant. This is a game he plays at Uncle Mike's, who often baby-sits for Ben when his mom is at school. His face is beaming as he describes his visits to Uncle Mike. “My Uncle Mike lets me play on his computer whenever I want,” shouts a very excited Ben.

Besides playing on the computer, Ben ...

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