A Topical Approach to Life-Span Development

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  • Edition: 7th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 10/18/2013
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
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Connect with John Santrock's Topical Approach to Lifespan Development and connect with success. Informed and driven by research. At McGraw-Hill, we have spent thousands of hours with you and your students, working to understand the key needs and concerns you face in the Human Development course. The most common topics raised include managing the vast amount of content inherent to a Lifespan course and ensuring the dependability of the assigned material – is it current and accurate? The result of this research is John Santrock's A Topical Approach to Lifespan Development, 7e. Santrock ensures students complete and understand the assigned material in a number of ways: Santrock's hallmark Learning Goals pedagogy provides a comprehensive roadmap to the text material, clearly pointing out the core concepts fundamental to students' learning and performance. McGraw-Hill's LearnSmart increases students' efficiency in studying by identifying what they know and don't know and provides immediate remediation, helping them to learn the material they are struggling with. The connections theme continues in the 7th edition, showing students the different aspects of lifespan development and helping them to better understand the concepts. This recurring theme of connections – Developmental Connections, Topical Connections, Connecting Development to Life, Connecting with Careers, and Connections through Research – ties together concepts from across chapters to reinforce the learning process and connect the material to students' everyday lives and future aspirations. McGraw-Hill's Milestones video and assessment program helps bring the course material to life, so your students can witness real children developing over time. And of course, all of this material is informed by our unique board of expert contributors – a who's who of developmental psychology – who ensure the material is as accurate and up-to-date as possible.

Table of Contents

Section 1: The Life-Span Perspective

Chapter 1: Introduction

The Life-Span Perspective

The Nature of Development

Theories of Development

Research in Life-Span Development

Reach Your Learning Goals

Appendix: Careers in Life-Span Development

Section 2: Biological Processes, Physical Development, and Health

Chapter 2: Biological Beginnings

The Evolutionary Perspective

Genetic Foundations of Development

Heredity and Environment Interaction: The Nature-Nurture Debate

Prenatal Development


Reach Your Learning Goals

Chapter 3: Physical Development and Biological Aging

Body Growth and Change

The Brain



Reach Your Learning Goals

Chapter 4: Health

Health, Illness, and Disease

Nutrition and Eating Behavior


Substance Use

Reach Your Learning Goals

Chapter 5: Motor, Sensory, and Perceptual Development

Motor Development

Sensory and Perceptual Development

Perceptual-Motor Coupling

Reach Your Learning Goals

Section 3: Cognitive Processes and Development

Chapter 6: Cogntive Developmental Approaches

Applying and Evaluating Piaget's Theory

Vygotsky's Theory of Cognitive Development

Cognitive Changes in Adulthood

Reach Your Learning Goals

Chapter 7: Information Processing

The Information-Processing Approach





Reach Your Learning Goals

Chapter 8: Intelligence

The Concept of Intelligence

Controversies and Group Comparisons

The Development of Intelligence

The Extremes of Intelligence and Creativity

Reach Your Learning Goals

Chapter 9: Language Development

What is Language?

How Language Develops

Biological and Environmental Influences

Reach Your Learning Goals

Section 4: Socioemotional Processes and Development

Chapter 10: Emotional Development and Attachment

Exploring Emotion

Development of Emotion


Attachment and Love

Reach Your Learning Goals

Chapter 11: The Self, Identity, and Personality

The Self



Reach Your Learning Goals

Chapter 12: Gender and Sexuality

Biological, Social, and Cognitive Influences on Gender

Gender Stereotypes, Similarities, and Differences

Gender Development Through the Life Span

Exploring Sexuality

Sexuality Through the Life Span

Reach Your Learning Goals

Chapter 13: Moral Development, Values and Religion

Domains of Moral Development

Contexts of Moral Development

Prosocial and Antisocial Behavior

Values, Religion, Spirituality, and Meaning in Life

Reach Your Learning Goals

Section 5: Social Contexts of Development

Chapter 14: Families, Lifestyles, and Parenting

Family Processes

The Diversity of Adult Lifestyles


Other Family Relationships

Reach Your Learning Goals

Chapter 15: Peers and the Sociocultural World

Peer Relations in Childhood and Adolescence


Play and Leisure

Aging and the Social World

Sociocultural Influences

Reach Your Learning Goals

Chapter 16: Schools, Achievement, and Work



Careers, Work, and Retirement

Reach Your Learning Goals

Section 6: Endings

Chapter 17: Death, Dying, and Grieving

The Death System and Cultural Contexts

Defining Death and Life/Death Issues

A Developmental Perspective on Death

Facing One's Own Death

Coping with the Death of Someone Else

Reach Your Learning Goals

Glossary References Credits Name Index Subject Index

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