New Content

The online format of Science of Early Child Development means we can regularly make updates to the content. Every license holder automatically has access to the new information.

As of June, 2020, the SECD –Ecology of Childhood (EC) Module has also been significantly reorganized. We have strengthened content related to culture with the NEW p. 2.5 – Cultural context –including consolidated and updated material. The revised p. 2.2 – Early child development programs – integrates content previously on two pages -Early childhood education and Early intervention. Note the resulting changes to page numbers in the Research section. 

The new EC content includes interviews with Beatrice Alvarez and Stephanie Mikki Adams from Inuuqatigiit, the Inuit Cenre for Children Youth and Families in Ottawa, and with Tove Mogstad Slinde, from the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research, as well as new interviews with Pat Furman, Maureen Black, Cindy Blackstock, Patricia Chorney Rubin, and Jennifer Jenkins

Look for other content updates in the Communicating and Learning (CL) Module, which has new videos on the study of infant language development with Melanie Soderstrom from the University of Manitoba, including some “behind the scenes” in her baby language research lab. The CL module also has a new topic on screen time and digital media with related material added in the Coping and Competence (CC) Module. Both CC and CL now include new interviews with Jo-Anne LeFevre, from Carleton University.

New KidCare Canada videos about topics such as epigenetics and nurturing relationships have been added to the Brain Development and Communicating and Learning Modules.

The APA 7th ed. guideline changes are underway. We have updated the reference lists in the North American Edition and Child Development Primer. Reference lists in the other living textbooks and modules are in the works. We are also updating the last page in each module (now called, Additional SECD information) to include suggestions for citing SECD based on APA 7th ed., as well as the reference list and interview transcript files for that resource. Note the change to Red River College as the organizational author.

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