• 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.

Laura: Exploring Social and Creative Potentials in a Six-Year-Old's Life
Laura: Exploring social and creative potentials in a six-year-old's life
Primary and Secondary Issues
Primary Issues:Secondary Issues:
  • Social learning theory
  • Social cognition
  • Need for approval
  • Play and cognitive development
  • Parenting
  • Development of social skills (empathy)
  • Friendships
  • Sibling relationships
  • Gardner's multiple intelligences

“My mom, dad, big sister, little sister, and puppy” is the way that six-year-old Laura describes the members of her family. Laura is the middle child in a family of three girls who live with their parents in a suburban community in the northeastern United States. Her parents are both professionals who work outside the home yet manage to devote a tremendous amount of time to family life. Laura's mom describes her marriage as a strong partnership in which both partners share the responsibilities and ...

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