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Developmental Health and the Wealth of Nations : Social, Biological, and Educational Dynamics - Daniel P. Keating

Developmental Health and the Wealth of Nations

Social, Biological, and Educational Dynamics

By: Daniel P. Keating (Editor), Clyde Hertzman (Editor)

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Published: 1st February 2000
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Probing the effects of the social environment upon human development, this volume asks how we can best support the health and well-being of infants and children in an era of rapid economic and technological change. The book presents cogent findings on human development as both an individual and a population phenomenon. Topics covered include links between socioeconomic status, achievement, and health; the impact of early experience upon brain and behavioral development; and how schools and communities can develop new kinds of learning environments to enhance adaptation and foster intellectual growth. Synthesizing developmental, biological, and social perspectives, this volume will appeal to a broad interdisciplinary audience.

"This book is perfect for my new advanced undergraduate seminar on contemporary social problems. It goes well beyond other texts that trace the connections between systemic social issues and human developmental processes: social, biological, and educational mechanisms are clearly delineated and substantiated with data from many sources. The volume is timely, important, and provides crucial information that increases our understanding of where we are (and why), and where we need to go. It can be used as a text for courses in human development, sociology, urban studies, and economics. The interdisciplinary focus is certainly welcome and needed to elucidate the complexity of these issues." --Cynthia Garcia Coll, PhD, Professor of Education, Psychology, and Pediatrics, Chair, Education Department, Brown University

"Historically unprecedented challenges to healthy development exist today across the lifespan, in industrialized and nonindustrialized nations alike. In this timely and unique book, a distinguished interdisciplinary group of scholars proposes a new model for understanding the character and bases of healthy human development. They also point the way toward social policies and programs that will promote positive outcomes for the diverse children of our modern world. Scholars and teachers within the fields of education, psychology, public health, and public policy will be attracted to the compelling vision for healthy development presented in this book. Throughout, scientific findings and applications are precisely, convincingly, and powerfully presented." --Richard M. Lerner, PhD, Boston College, Center for Child, Family and Community Partnerships, Chestnut Hill, MA

"This is an enormously useful volume for those wanting to know not only the 'whats' but also the 'hows' of developmental health. There is nothing else like it. It contains a true wealth of insights and data about the ways that social and biological forces conspire to produce developmental differences. I found myself making copious notes in the margins. This book should be required reading for anyone teaching an upper-level or graduate course in developmental psychology and public policy. Readers will appreciate the care the authors take to render abstract biological concepts understandable." --Stephen J. Ceci, PhD, The Helen L. Carr Professor of Developmental Psychology, Department of Human Development, Cornell University

Modernity's Paradoxp. 1
The Gradient Effect in Developmental Healthp. 19
Population Health and Human Developmentp. 21
Health, Well-Being, and Coping Skillsp. 41
When Children's Social Development Failsp. 55
Quality and Inequality in Children's Literacy: The Effects of Families, Schools, and Communitiesp. 72
Are Socioeconomic Gradients for Children Similar to Those for Adults?: Achievement and Health of Children in the United Statesp. 94
Socioeconomic Gradients in Mathematical Ability and Their Responsiveness to Intervention during Early Childhoodp. 125
Fundamental Processes: Biology and Developmentp. 151
Mechanisms of Brain Development: Neuronal Sculpting by the Physical and Social Environmentp. 153
Developmental Trajectories, Early Experiences, and Community Consequences: Lessons from Studies with Rhesus Monkeysp. 185
Psychosocial Factors and Psychoneuroimmunology within a Lifespan Perspectivep. 201
Individual Pathways in Competence and Coping: From Regulatory Systems to Habits of Mindp. 220
Human Development and the Learning Societyp. 235
The Learning Society: A Human Development Agendap. 237
Social Software for a Learning Society: Relating School and Workp. 251
Schools as Knowledge-Building Organizationsp. 274
The Ecology of Child Development: Lessons for a Learning Societyp. 291
Lowering the Burden of Suffering: Monitoring the Benefits of Clinical, Targeted, and Universal Approachesp. 293
The Community as a Participative Learning Environment: The Case of Centraide of Greater Montreal 1,2,3 GO! Projectp. 311
"It Takes a Village ...," and New Roads to Get Therep. 322
Developmental Health as the Wealth of Nationsp. 337
Referencesp. 348
Indexp. 395
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ISBN: 9781572304550
ISBN-10: 1572304553
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 406
Published: 1st February 2000
Publisher: Guilford Publications
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.6  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.64