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Exploring Lifespan Development

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Edition:
2nd
ISBN13:

9780205748594

ISBN10:
0205748597
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Paperback
Pub. Date:
2/12/2010
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Pearson

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Summary

This shorter, essentials version of Berk's best-selling Development Through the Lifespan, 5/e, covers the same topics and contains the same number of chapters, but presents only the essential information with an exceptionally strong emphasis on applications. Exploring Lifespan Development includes all the features Berk's texts are known for: Engaging writing style, exceptional cross-cultural focus, rich examples, the most up-to-date research, and practical applications that help students relate the subject to their personal and professional lives.

Laura Berk, renowned professor and researcher, has refashioned her text to provide the core information in the field with an exceptionally strong emphasis on applications. Visually stunning, pedagogically balanced, and fully integrated, the Exploring edition has all the great features of Development Through the Lifespan, 5e, in an abbreviated form. The latest theories and findings in the field are made accessible to students in a manageable and relevant way.

Berk's signature storytelling style invites students to actively learn beside the text's "characters," who share their influential experiences and developmental milestones. Through the textbook, students are provided with an exceptionally clear and coherent understanding of the sequence and underlying processes of human development, emphasizing the interrelatedness of all domains-physical, cognitive, emotional, social-throughout the text narrative and in special features.

This textbook also helps students connect their learning to their personal and professional areas of interest. The author's voice comes through when speaking directly about issues students will face in their future pursuits as parents, educators, heath care providers, social workers, and researchers. As members of a global and diverse human community, students are called to intelligently approach the responsibility of understanding and responding to the needs and concerns of both young and old.

In this textbook, Berk presents the most important classic and emerging theories in an especially clear, coherent, engaging writing style, with a multitude of research-based, real-world, and cross-cultural examples. Strengthening the connections among developmental domains and highlighting the application of theories and research to the real world, this text presents the most important scholarship in the changing field of human development.

Author Biography

Laura E. Berk is a distinguished professor of psychology at Illinois State University, where she has taught human development to both undergraduate and graduate students for more than three decades. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and her master’s and doctoral degrees in child development and educational psychology from the University of Chicago.  She has been a visiting scholar at Cornell University, UCLA, Stanford University, and the University of South Australia.

 

    Berk has published widely on the effects of school environments on children’s development, the development of private speech, and most recently the role of make-believe play in development. Her research has been funded by the U.S. Office of Education and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. It has appeared in many prominent journals, including Child Development, Developmental Psychology, Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, Development and Psychopathology, and Early Childhood Research Quarterly. Her empirical studies have attracted the attention of the general public, leading to contributions to Psychology Today and Scientific American.  She has also been featured on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition and in Parents Magazine,Wondertime, and Reader’s Digest.

 

    Berk has served as a research editor for Young Children and a consulting editor for Early Childhood Research Quarterly. Currently, she is an associate editor for the Journal of Cognitive Education and Psychology. She is a frequent contributor to edited volumes on early childhood development, having recently authored chapters on the importance of parenting, on make-believe play and self-regulation, and on the kindergarten child. She has also written the chapter on development for The Many Faces of Psychological Research in the Twenty-First Century (Society for the Teaching of Psychology); the article on social development for The Child: An Encyclopedic Companion; the article on Vygotsky for the Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science; and the chapter on storytelling as a teaching strategy for Voices of Experience: Memorable Talks from the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology (Association for Psychological Science).

 

    Berk’s books include Private Speech: From Social Interaction to Self-Regulation; Scaffolding Children’s Learning: Vygotsky and Early Childhood Education; Landscapes of Development: An Anthology of Readings; and A Mandate for Playful Learning in Preschool: Presenting the Evidence. In addition to Exploring Lifespan Development, she is author of the best-selling texts Child Development and Infants, Children, and Adolescents, and Development Through the Lifespan published by Allyn and Bacon. Her book for parents and teachers is Awakening Children’s Minds: How Parents and Teachers Can Make a Difference.

 

    Berk is active in work for children’s causes. In addition to service in her home community, she is a member of the national board of directors and chair of the central region advisory board of Jumpstart, a nonprofit organization that provides one-to-one literacy intervention to thousands of low-income preschoolers across the United States, using college and university students as interveners. Berk is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, Division 7: Developmental Psychology. 

Table of Contents

PART I. THEORY AND RESEARCH IN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

Chapter 1: History, Theory, and Research Strategies
A Scientific, Applied, and Interdisciplinary Field
Basic Issues
The Lifespan Perspective: A Balanced Point of View
Scientific Beginnings
Mid-Twentieth-Century Theories
Recent Theoretical Perspectives
Comparing Theories
Studying Development

Ethics in Lifespan Research 

 

PART II. FOUNDATIONS OF DEVELOPMENT

 

Chapter 2: Biological and Environmental Foundations

Genetic Foundations

Reproductive Choices

Environmental Contexts for Development

Understanding the Relationship Between Heredity and Environment


Chapter 3: Prenatal Development, Birth, and the Newborn Baby

Prenatal Development
Prenatal Environmental Influences
Childbirth
Approaches to Childbirth
Medical Interventions
Preterm and Low-Birth-Weight Infants
Birth Complications, Parenting, and Resilience
The Newborn Baby's Capacities
Adjusting to the New Family Unit


PART III. INFANCY AND TODDLERHOOD: THE FIRST TWO YEARS


Chapter 4: Physical Development in Infancy and Toddlerhood

Body Growth
Brain Development
Influences on Early Physical Growth
Learning Capacities
Motor Development
Perceptual Development


Chapter 5: Cognitive Development in Infancy and Toddlerhood

Piaget's Cognitive-Developmental Theory
Information Processing
The Social Context of Early Mental Development
Individual Differences in Early Mental Development
Language Development


Chapter 6: Emotional and Social Development in Infancy and Toddlerhood

Erikson's Theory of Infant and Toddler Personality
Emotional Development
Temperament and Development
Development of Attachment
Self-Development During the First Two Years


PART IV. EARLY CHILDHOOD: TWO TO SIX YEARS


Chapter 7: Physical and Cognitive Development in Early Childhood

PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT
A Changing Body and Brain
Influences on Physical Growth and Health
Motor Development
COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT
Piaget's Theory: The Preoperational Stage
Vygotsky's Sociocultural Theory
Information Processing
Individual Differences in Mental Development
Language Development


Chapter 8: Emotional and Social Development in Early Childhood

Erikson's Theory: Initiative versus Guilt
Self-Understanding
Emotional Development
Peer Relations
Foundations of Morality
Gender Typing
Child Rearing and Emotional and Social Development


PART V. MIDDLE CHILDHOOD: SIX TO ELEVEN YEARS


Chapter 9: Physical and Cognitive Development in Middle Childhood

PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT
Body Growth
Health Issues
Motor Development and Play
COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT
Piaget's Theory: The Concrete Operational Stage
Information Processing
Individual Differences in Mental Development
Language Development
Learning in School


Chapter 10: Emotional and Social Development in Middle Childhood

Erikson's Theory: Industry versus Inferiority
Self-Understanding
Emotional Development
Understanding Others: Perspective Taking
Moral Development
Peer Relations
Gender Typing
Family Influences
Some Common Problems of Development


PART VI. ADOLESCENCE: THE TRANSITION TO ADULTHOOD


Chapter 11: Physical and Cognitive Development in Adolescence

PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT
Conceptions of Adolescence
Puberty: The Physical Transition to Adulthood
The Psychological Impact of Pubertal Events
Health Issues
COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT
Piaget's Theory: The Formal Operational Stage
An Information-Processing View of Adolescent Cognitive Development
Consequences of Adolescent Cognitive Changes
Learning in School


Chapter 12: Emotional and Social Development in Adolescence

Erikson's Theory: Identity versus Role Confusion
Self-Understanding
Moral Development
Gender Typing
The Family
Peer Relations
Problems of Development


PART VII. EARLY ADULTHOOD


Chapter 13: Physical and Cognitive Development in Early Adulthood
PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT
Biological Aging Is Under Way in Early Adulthood
Physical Changes
Health and Fitness
COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT
Changes in the Structure of Thought
Expertise and Creativity
The College Experience
Vocational Choice


Chapter 14: Emotional and Social Development in Early Adulthood

A Gradual Transition: Emerging Adulthood

Erikson's Theory: Intimacy versus Isolation
Other Theories of Adult Psychosocial Development
Close Relationships
The Family Life Cycle
The Diversity of Adult Lifestyles
Career Development


PART VIII. MIDDLE ADULTHOOD


Chapter 15: Physical and Cognitive Development in Middle Adulthood

PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT
Physical Changes
Health and Fitness
Adapting to the Challenges of Midlife
COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT
Changes in Mental Abilities
Information Processing
Vocational Life and Cognitive Development
Adult Learners: Becoming a College Student in Midlife


Chapter 16: Emotional and Social Development in Middle Adulthood

Erikson's Theory: Generativity versus Stagnation
Other Theories of Psychosocial Development in Midlife
Stability and Change in Self-Concept and Personality
Relationships at Midlife
Vocational Life


PART IX. LATE ADULTHOOD


Chapter 17: Physical and Cognitive Development in Late Adulthood

PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT
Life Expectancy
Physical Changes
Health, Fitness, and Disability
COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT
Memory
Language Processing
Problem Solving

Wisdom
Factors Related to Cognitive Change
Cognitive Interventions

Lifelong Learning

Chapter 18: Emotional and Social Development in Late Adulthood

Erikson's Theory: Ego Integrity versus Despair
Other Theories of Psychosocial Development in Late Adulthood
Stability and Change in Self-Concept and Personality
Contextual Influences on Psychological Well-Being
A Changing Social World
Relationships in Late Adulthood
Retirement
Optimal Aging


PART X. THE END OF LIFE


Chapter 19: Death, Dying, and Bereavement

How We Die
Attitudes Toward Death
Thinking and Emotions of Dying People
A Place to Die
The Right to Die
Bereavement: Coping with the Death of a Loved One
Death Education



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