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An interdisciplinary approach with an emphasis on culture and family Understanding Human Developmentchallenges students to examine development from a broader perspective. Students draw on their own experiences as they weigh the research and ideas presented in the text. This brief text is ideal for undergraduate courses in Lifespan Development and Human Development. MyDevelopmentLab is an integral part of the Craig/Dunn program. Key learning applications include a personalized study plan, MyDevelopmentLab Video Series, and MyVirtualLife. A better teaching and learning experience The teaching and learning experience with this program helps to: Personalize Learning MyDevelopmentLab is online learning. MyDevelopmentLab engages students through personalized learning and helps instructors from course preparation to delivery and assessment. Improve Critical Thinking- Critical thinking questions throughout encourage students to consider the relevance of developmental concepts and events in the context of their own lives. Engage Students- "Try This!" give students an opportunity to challenge and extend their own thinking and expertise in the field of human development. Explore Research- Strong focus on the most recent and relevant research. Understand Culture and Diversity- "Changing Perspectives" features explore controversies about human development, often within a specific cultural context, and encourages thought and discussion. Support Instructors- A complete package of instructors resources is available and the plan for these resources was carefully developed by the text authors to ensure the quality and coverage perfectly matches the content and focus of the text. 0205953743 / 9780205953745 Understanding Human Development Plus NEW MyDevelopmentLab with eText Package consists of: 0205206522 / 9780205206520 NEW MyDevelopmentLab with Pearson eText -- Access Card 0205233651 / 9780205233656 Understanding Human Development

Author Biography

Wendy Dunn is the James Y. Canfield Professor of Psychology at Coe College.  Wendy majored in biology and psychology at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, where she also worked at the National Animal Disease Laboratory.  She earned a master’s degree, also at Iowa State, in experimental psychology.  Taking a break from education, she next worked at a nationally-known marketing research firm, but ultimately decided that teaching undergraduates was her true passion.  She subsequently earned two doctoral degrees from the University of Iowa, one in educational psychology and, supported by Coe College, a second in management and organizations.  Wendy’s diverse career interests have led her, at various times, to serve in administrative, as well as teaching roles at Coe.  She worked for a time as Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, and she currently holds a joint appointment as Professor and Director of Institutional Research and Planning at Coe.  Although Wendy has published her research in major journals and is an author of three texts in the field of psychology, her true love is teaching, and it is this activity that gives her the most pleasure.  Students consistently comment on Wendy’s ability to inspire their curiosity about human nature, and they have honored her by electing her to receive the colleges’ highest teaching recognition – the C. J. Lynch award for outstanding teaching.  Wendy has been married to Greg for 37 years, and together they have raised two children – as such, like all of us, her interest in human development is personal as well as professional.


Grace Craig is Professor Emerita at the University of Massachusetts, at Amherst.  Currently, she is semi-retired from the Child, Family and Schools program, teaching specialty seminars intermittently.  Grace completed her B.A. in Sociology, with honors in Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts, and her MS and PhD there in Child and Educational Psychology with minors in Clinical Psychology and in Research methods.  She took time out for 2 years along the way to practice School Psychology in western Massachusetts She began her academic career as a Lecturer, for 4 years, in the Psychology Department at Smith College, in the late 1960s, -- a time of reassessment in the social sciences and in the society at large. Grace has been married to Ralph Craig for 53 years and together they have one daughter and one grandson.



Table of Contents

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1. Brief Table of Contents






Chapter 1: Introduction to Human Development

Chapter 2: Heredity and Environment

Chapter 3: Prenatal Development and Childbirth

Chapter 4: Infancy and Toddlerhood: Physical, Cognitive, and Language Development

Chapter 5: Infancy and Toddlerhood: Personality and Sociocultural Development

Chapter 6: Early Childhood: Physical, Cognitive, and Language Development

Chapter 7: Early Childhood: Personality and Sociocultural Development

Chapter 8: Middle Childhood: Physical and Cognitive Development

Chapter 9: Middle Childhood: Personality and Sociocultural Development

Chapter 10: Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood: Physical and Cognitive Development

Chapter 11: Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood: Personality and Sociocultural Development

Chapter 12: Young Adulthood: Physical and Cognitive Development

Chapter 13: Young Adulthood: Personality and Sociocultural Development

Chapter 14: Middle Adulthood: Physical and Cognitive Development

Chapter 15: Middle Adulthood: Personality and Sociocultural Development

Chapter 16: Older Adulthood: Physical and Cognitive Development

Chapter 17: Older Adulthood: Personality and Sociocultural Development

Chapter 18: Death and Dying

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