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Judith Meece publishes third edition of adolescent development book

Judith L. Meece, professor and chair of Human Development and Psychological Studies, recently published the third edition of her book titled Child & Adolescent Development for Educators. The book is co-authored by Denise Daniels, an associate professor of child development at California Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo.

The book is intended to serve a broad spectrum of educators and students, including new education professionals as well as students in graduate programs.  Major revisions to the third edition include expanded content and depth, a new chapter on schooling, integration of diversity perspectives, pedagogical features and updated and broadened scholarship. In addition, each chapter highlights at least one section that discusses the educational implications and applications of the featured theories.

Meece wrote the first edition of the book in 1997, when she was the Eugene and Saralyn Oberdorfer Associate Professor of Education at the School of Education. She was the sole author of the first edition.

“The generous support of the Oberdorfers provided me with research assistance, travel support and summer support to write the first text on child development written for teacher educators,” Meece recalls. “Their generosity made a difference in my career at a critical time.”

Meece has taught child and adolescent development courses for 25 years. Prior to coming to UNC-Chapel Hill, she taught at Purdue University after earning her Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Michigan.  She currently is conducting research on rural youths as part of the National Research Center on Rural Education Support.