Child, Family, School, Community: Socialization and Support,
11th Edition

Stephanie White, Roberta M. Berns

ISBN-13: 9780357509593
Copyright 2023 | Published
592 pages | List Price: USD $250.95

CHILD, FAMILY, SCHOOL, COMMUNITY: SOCIALIZATION AND SUPPORT, now in its Eleventh Edition, offers an excellent introduction to socialization grounded in a powerful conceptual framework--Urie Bronfenbrenner's Bioecological Model of Human Development. Examining how the school, family and community influence children's socialization, this trusted text addresses complex issues in a clear, comprehensive fashion. An enjoyable read, the text packed with meaningful, timely examples and effective learning tools to help you understand and apply key concepts. A sensitive presentation of diversity issues encompasses culture, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status and special needs. Newly updated throughout, the Eleventh Edition features a strong emphasis on NAEYC and NASW standards, as well as a new focus on cooperative learning strategies and real-world applications to expand on what you learn in the classroom.


1. Ecology of the Child.
2. Ecology of Socialization.
3. Ecology of the Family.
4. Ecology of Parenting.
5. Ecology of Nonparental Child Care.
6. Ecology of the School.
7. Ecology of Teaching.
8. Ecology of the Peer Group.
9. Ecology of the Mass Media.
10. Ecology of the Community.
11. Emotional and Cognitive Socialization Outcomes.
12. Social and Behavioral Socialization Outcomes.

  • Stephanie White

    Stephanie White serves as an adjunct professor at Cameron University and the University of Northern Colorado. Previously, she was a pre-kindergarten teacher in Texas and Oklahoma. She lives in Northern Colorado with her husband and two daughters.

  • Roberta M. Berns

    Roberta Berns was a professor emerita at the University of California, Irvine, as well as Saddleback College, where she founded and chaired the Human Development Department. Berns was also a student of renowned developmental psychologist Urie Bronfenbrenner at Cornell University. She lived in California with her husband, a professor of bioengineering. They have two children--an English professor and a professor of neuroscience--and two grandchildren.

  • Each chapter features updated correlations to the latest professional standards for NAEYC (early childhood education) and NASW (social work practice). References also appear on the front and back covers of the text, as well as the accompanying website.

  • Downloadable and often customizable, new practical and professional digital resources make it easy for students to implement and apply text content in the field. Students can download and keep these tools, which are identified throughout the text, to begin building their own library of professional resources.

  • Introduced in the text and viewable online, TeachSource videos--many new for the Eleventh Edition--feature real classroom footage to help students relate key chapter content to real-life scenarios. In addition, critical-thinking questions provide opportunities for discussion and reflection in class or online.

  • Correlated to the main sections in each chapter, newly updated learning objectives can help guide students' reading and focus their attention on key content they should know, understand and be able to apply after completing the chapter.

  • The most comprehensive, original and research-based text in the child socialization market, this trusted resource examines all key influences on children's socialization, including parenting, family, school, community, media, peer groups, teachers and non-parental childcare. The text's in-depth coverage includes both classic and contemporary research relevant to chapter content.

  • This popular, proven text uses Urie Bronfenbrenner's Bioecological Model of Human Development as a framework to illustrate and examine how school, family, peers and community influence children's socialization. The model is introduced in Chapter 1 and integrated throughout subsequent chapters.

  • After the introduction of the bioecological theory of human development and child socialization processes (aims, agents, methods, outcomes), the text discusses each socialization context in which the child develops, and then concludes with information on child socialization outcomes.

  • Excellent graphics and vivid illustrations throughout the text help bring key ideas to life for today's visual learners. For example, the Bronfenbrenner concentric circle model is repeated with highlights correlating to relevant chapter topics.

  • Featured at the start of every chapter, “Socialization Sketches” spotlight popular icons who have relevant socialization histories. Examples include features on Oprah Winfrey, Urie Bronfenbrenner, Prince William, Dr. Benjamin Spock, Shakira, Michelle Obama, Amy Tan, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Francis Ford Coppola, Ralph Nader, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Wilma Mankiller.

  • Illustrating course concepts in action, “In Practice” features show teachers and childcare workers how to infuse their practice with the concepts and theories being discussed, as well as how these concepts play out in the real world. Other features present examples related to the chapter discussion, offering additional real-world insights.

  • In addition to a clear and concise writing style, the text facilitates student engagement and learning through numerous critical thinking questions, socialization sketches, examples, boxed features (In Context, In Practice, Dimensions of Diversity, Brain Briefs), figures, tables, photos, and activities.

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