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Insights into Child Development Eighth Edition
by S. Fitch & M. Holland

A comprehensive, up-to-date textbook that integrates theory and practice in one easy-to-read volume. This text is a chronological approach to child development and highlights the three developmental domains (physical, cognitive, and social-emotional). In addition to the theoretical views of such stalwarts as Sigmund Freud, B. F. Skinner, and Jean Piaget, the text also considers the work of contemporary theorists including Carol Gilligan, Robert Selman, and Sandra Bem.

Other distinguishing features include:

  • A chronological approach to discussing conception through adolescence
  • Emphasis on the three developmental domains (physical, cognitive, and social-emotional)
  • An analysis of two “typical” children as they progress through the stages of child development
  • Analysis of child development via contemporary social and environmental issues
  • Incorporation of a biological approach to child development
  • Contemporary applications that integrate theory and practice
  • Website resources for additional information and reference

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About the Authors

Stanley Fitch began his formal schooling in Canada in the traditional one-room school, where one teacher taught all subjects for all eight grades. Dr. Fitch received his Bachelor’s degree from United College (now University of Winnipeg) in Canada, where he majored in French, mathematics, and psychology. He received his doctorate in education from the University of Southern California, and has also studied in Belgium and England.
Dr. Fitch’s writing career began as a sports writer in professional baseball, and he has also submitted feature stories to several newspapers. Dr. Fitch is also a methodologist and his research has been reported in the Los Angeles Times and Playboy Magazine. Dr. Fitch is the author of two previous books, Insights Into Human Behavior (Holbrook Press, 1970, 1974) and The Science of Child Development (Dorsey Press, 1985). Dr. Fitch has testified numerous times in criminal courts as a legal and psychological expert.
Dr. Fitch has received international recognition for his accomplishments. One such recognition is from New Zealand: A nomination to the World Wide Academy of Scholars; another is “Men of Achievement — 1973” award from England.
Recently, Dr. Fitch was selected to participate in the Oxford Round Table, a colloquium for academics, governmental, and business leaders from all over the world, held at Oxford University, England, for the past 800 years.

Mia Holland earned her Doctorate in Education from Florida’s Nova Southeastern University in Child and Youth Studies. Her dissertation resulted in a statewide training for juvenile justice educators in Massachusetts and earned the national honor of Outstanding Applied Dissertation. Dr. Mia Holland’s educational credentials also include an M.Ed. in Counseling from Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts, two years of additional graduate training in Clinical/Behavioral Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Dr. Holland is Chair of the Studies in Human Behavior programs for Capella University in Minnesota. Dr. Holland is also a Doctoral Dissertation Chairperson and an Adjunct Faculty member for Nova Southeastern University’s Fischler School of Education and Human Services. In Massachusetts, she is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology for Bridgewater State University. Since 1990, Dr. Holland has worked with heterogeneous populations of children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings including institutions of higher education, state social service and juvenile justice agencies, psychiatric facilities, residential treatment facilities, and public school systems. She has provided consultative services to several state agencies and has managed a Massachusetts Education Opportunity Program grant. As a nationally recognized expert in the field of eating disorders, Dr. Holland has provided expert commentary in published pieces for MSNBC.com, iVillage Health, the “Therapy Times”, and the “Baltimore Examiner”. She has been an invited speaker at Harvard Medical School on the topic of Eating Disorders. Her specific research interests include eating disorders, identity development, psychological resilience, leadership theory, and curriculum development. Her personal interests include health and nutrition, leisure reading, and travel. She is also a certified personal fitness trainer. She is the developer and proprietor of Certified Nutrition and Wellness Center in New Bedford, Massachusetts. She is also a volunteer member of Habitat for Humanity.


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