Infancyprovides students with the latest research in infant development so they may understand methodological issues, explore both practically and theoretically important topics, and engage in thinking critically about development from birth to age 3. FEATURES: Each chapter begins with a thought-provoking, real-life scenario highlighting key issues, such as the practice ofinfants being sent to wet nurses in eighteenth-century Paris,and linguist Werner Leopold's classic longitudinal study of his infant daughter Hildegard's development as a bilingual child. Public policy considerations for research are explored, such as how awareness of the harm caused by lead exposure led to changes in legislation regarding formulas for paint and gasoline,andhow awareness of the benefits of human milk led to Healthy People 2010 goals to increase breastfeeding rates in the United States. Infancybalances practical and theoretical issues, such asthe research on prelinguistic communication and the value of using gestures to help toddlers and caregivers communicate before real words or signs appear. Infancybroadens the perspective with relevant historical information, such as the remarkable discoveries about genetics that have resulted from the Human Genome Project, and the progress research has offered in understanding the vulnerability of the prenatal period. Issues of diversity are incorporated into every chapter, such as the infant-caregiver relationships and the different expectations and beliefs about infants, mothers and fathers.Gross, Dana is the author of 'Infancy Development from Birth to Age 3', published 2007 under ISBN 9780205417988 and ISBN 0205417981.