After studying this chapter, you will be able to
list reasons for learning about children.
defi ne the term child development.
summarize the six stages of the individual life cycle that
describe three factors that promote growth and development.
explain how brain development occurs.
identify differences in the rate of growth and development.
explain and give examples of some major principles and
theories of growth and development.
develop observation skills.
Terms to Know
Before you read the chapter,
read all of the chart and photo
captions. What do you know
about the material covered in
this chapter just from reading
individual life cycle
window of opportunity
principles of growth and
Learn more about factors that
infl uence children’s growth and
development by completing
the Read, Discuss, and
Analyze Activity for Chapter 1