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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

A Childhood Psychology

Young Children in Changing Times

ISBN 9780230361942
Publication Date March 2012
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave

In this timely contribution to developmental psychology, Sommer argues that recent shifts in theory have occurred which require a greater emphasis on a more contextual understanding of child development. The author integrates research from history, anthropology and sociology as well as psychology to show how perceptions of children have changed.

DION SOMMER is Professor of Developmental Psychology, Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences, at the University of Aarhus, Denmark.

Introduction: Why and How a Childhood Psychology
A Childhood Psychology A Paradigm Shift
A Changing Young Childhood Beliefs Provoked and Theory Challenged
Young Children's Culture Acquisition Competencies and Learning
Parenting I - Emergent Themes and Trends
Parenting II Emergent Father Involvement?
Early Emergence of the Self Socioaffective Competencies
A Childhood Psychology Conclusions and Future Perspectives


Dion Sommer does a great service by localizing children's development and socialization in our rapidly changing times. From a Scandinavian outlook on the world early in the 21st century, the author provides a highly refreshing account. New stimulating conceptual understandings and interdisciplinary research is presented in order to explain young children's 'new realities'. It is a highly well-timed reflective contextual approach proposing a paradigm shift.' – Professor Michael Cole, University of California, San Diego, USA
'This is a groundbreaking book with a convincing new paradigm of great value for the field of Early Childhood Education.' - Ingrid Pramling Samuelsson, International Journal of Early Childhood
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