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Guiding Children's Social Development and Learning, 8th Edition

  • Marjorie J. Kostelnik, Ph.D
  • Alice Phipps Whiren, Ph.D.
  • Anne K. Soderman, Ph.D.
  • Michelle L. Rupiper, Ph.D.
  • Kara Gregory PhD
  • ISBN-10: 1285743709
  • ISBN-13: 9781285743707
  • 576 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2012, 2009, 2006
  • COPYRIGHT: 2015 Published
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About the Product

Updated with new learning resources and an emphasis on NAEYC and other standards, GUIDING CHILDREN'S SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING, Eighth Edition, provides a comprehensive overview of child guidance and social development. Focusing on children from ages birth through 12 years, it provides a seamless transition from the pre-primary to the primary years and addresses the needs of practitioners working with children in a variety of group settings. Theory and research provide a broad basis for understanding child behavior and establish a foundation for appropriate action. Readers learn how to help children develop positive feelings about themselves as well as social competence, and how to work with children and families from many different backgrounds and circumstances. Readers also learn how to support long-range goals in the classroom while addressing short-term concerns. The book eliminates much of the guesswork and frustration that can hinder practitioners' efforts to influence children's social development and behavior--providing a unified framework for decision-making and professional practice that incorporates sound principles of children's development, relationship enhancement, and behavior management.


  • The book introduces the Social Support Pyramid in Chapter 1 to describe four phases in guiding children's social behavior. This pyramid appears in each chapter, highlighting how the skills presented in that chapter fit into an overall program of social support and intervention.

  • The authors draw upon research and practice from a variety of fields, linking theory and practice to illuminate research and show readers how it can be translated into practical classroom applications.

  • Clear objectives for student learning are identified.

  • Up-to-date, research-based rationales are provided for the skills and methods used in the book.

  • Step-by-step instructions for how to implement skills associated with the content are presented in each chapter, as are many real-life examples to illustrate key points. The authors also describe typical pitfalls associated with learning each skill and how to avoid them.

  • The book discusses the strong links between social competence and academic success.

  • Information about children with special needs in presented in all chapters, as well as examples and guidelines on how teachers can adapt the material to their work with children with special needs.

  • Examples of children's art are included as a way to represent authentic "young voices" in the text.


"This text is student friendly and offers useful insight into children's behavior. Further, the instructor's manual provides appropriate activities."
— Jana Sanders, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

About the Author

Marjorie J. Kostelnik, Ph.D

Marjorie Kostelnik is dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. She entered the field of early childhood as a Head Start teacher before receiving her doctorate from the Pennsylvania State University. She was on the faculty at Michigan State University for 22 years, serving as director of the Child Development Laboratories, then as chair of the Department of Family and Child Ecology. Dr. Kostelnik has served as vice president of NAEYC, and was recently appointed to the National Academies of Science Institute of Medicine Committee to Study the Science of Children Birth to Age 8. Currently, she serves on the Dimensions Board (nature education for children), the Educare Board of Lincoln (infants, toddler, and preschool child care), and the City of Lincoln Prosper Committee for Early Education.

Alice Phipps Whiren, Ph.D.

Alice Whiren has taught kindergarten and preschool children, directed a center for children that serves a culturally and economically diverse population, and worked with families and children having special needs. Dr. Whiren has been a consultant to public schools and Head Start, and has taught at Michigan State University in child development and early education. Her publications are about social development and early childhood education, particularly in the area of play.

Anne K. Soderman, Ph.D.

Anne K. Soderman works internationally with schools in the area of early literacy and mathematics, assessment, and second language acquisition. Her research has been centered on gender differences as they relate to emerging literacy, particularly in children coming from diverse populations. Other recently co-authored publications include CREATING LITERACY-RICH PRESCHOOLS AND KINDERGARTENS and SCAFFOLDING EMERGENT LITERACY.

Michelle L. Rupiper, Ph.D.

Michelle Rupiper is an Associate Professor of Practice at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has served as a classroom teacher for infants through school-aged children as well as directed community-based programs during her career. She frequently provides professional development and consults with early childhood programs on a variety of topics. She has been active in the state and regional affiliates of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and has served on the NAEYC Affiliate Council and the National Coalition for Campus Children's Centers (NCCCC).

Kara Gregory PhD

Kara Gregory has worked in centers and classrooms with children from infancy through first grade. She consults with preschool and elementary school early childhood teachers and support staff on many topics, including social and emotional development, oral language, early reading and writing, and play. Her publications have also focused on these areas. Dr. Gregory also teaches courses in child development and early childhood education for Michigan State University.

New to this edition

  • Case studies of children with special needs have been created and placed in their entirety in the Appendix. Cases are referenced throughout the text and activities are provided at the ends of chapters to help students apply text material to a case scenario.
  • Examples of state standards in several chapters illustrate concepts under discussion and highlight differences and similarities between states.
  • In each chapter, checklists for student skills correspond to the Professional Skills Inventory.
  • NAEYC standards are emphasized throughout the text. Every chapter begins with a list of the standards to be addressed, and relevant content--as well as why it is important--is highlighted in the material that follows.
  • A detailed correlation chart highlighting the NAEYC coverage in each chapter appears on the inside front and back covers of the book.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Online Instructor's Manual with Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 1285748077 | ISBN-13: 9781285748078)

An online Instructor's Manual accompanies this book. It contains information to assist the instructor in designing the course, including sample syllabi, discussion questions, teaching and learning activities, field experiences, learning objectives, and additional online resources. For assessment support, the updated Test Bank includes true/false, multiple-choice, matching, short-answer, and essay questions for each chapter.

Online PowerPoint®  (ISBN-10: 1285748298 | ISBN-13: 9781285748290)

These vibrant, Microsoft® PowerPoint® lecture slides for each chapter assist you with your lecture by providing concept coverage using images, figures, and tables directly from the textbook.

Cengage Testing, powered by Cognero® Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285979206 | ISBN-13: 9781285979205)
CourseMate, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285771192 | ISBN-13: 9781285771199)

Cengage Learning's new Education CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. Watch student comprehension soar as your class works with the printed textbook and the textbook-specific website. Students can also access a new integrated eBook and TeachSource Video Cases and other videos. Also new is Engagement Tracker, a first-of-its-kind tool that allows you to monitor student engagement in the course.

Student Supplements

CourseMate, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285771192 | ISBN-13: 9781285771199)

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