Exploring Lifespan DevelopmentInternational Edition
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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. 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.
Berk also helps students connect their learning to their personal and professional areas of interest. Her 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.
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.
PART I. THEORY AND RESEARCH IN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
Chapter 1: History, Theory, and Research Strategies
A Scientific, Applied, and Interdisciplinary Field
The Lifespan Perspective: A Balanced Point of View
Recent Theoretical Perspectives
Ethics in Lifespan Research
PART II. FOUNDATIONS OF DEVELOPMENT
Chapter 2: Biological and Environmental Foundations
Environmental Contexts for Development
Understanding the Relationship Between Heredity and Environment
Chapter 3: Prenatal Development, Birth, and the Newborn Baby
Prenatal Environmental Influences
Approaches to Childbirth
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
Influences on Early Physical Growth
Chapter 5: Cognitive Development in Infancy and Toddlerhood
Piaget's Cognitive-Developmental Theory
The Social Context of Early Mental Development
Individual Differences in Early Mental Development
Chapter 6: Emotional and Social Development in Infancy and Toddlerhood
Erikson's Theory of Infant and Toddler Personality
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
A Changing Body and Brain
Influences on Physical Growth and Health
Piaget's Theory: The Preoperational Stage
Vygotsky's Sociocultural Theory
Individual Differences in Mental Development
Chapter 8: Emotional and Social Development in Early Childhood
Erikson's Theory: Initiative versus Guilt
Foundations of Morality
Child Rearing and Emotional and Social Development
PART V. MIDDLE CHILDHOOD: SIX TO ELEVEN YEARS
Chapter 9: Physical and Cognitive Development in Middle Childhood
Motor Development and Play
Piaget's Theory: The Concrete Operational Stage
Individual Differences in Mental Development
Learning in School
Chapter 10: Emotional and Social Development in Middle Childhood
Erikson's Theory: Industry versus Inferiority
Understanding Others: Perspective Taking
Some Common Problems of Development
PART VI. ADOLESCENCE: THE TRANSITION TO ADULTHOOD
Chapter 11: Physical and Cognitive Development in Adolescence
Conceptions of Adolescence
Puberty: The Physical Transition to Adulthood
The Psychological Impact of Pubertal Events
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
Problems of Development
PART VII. EARLY ADULTHOOD
Chapter 13: Physical and Cognitive Development in Early Adulthood
Biological Aging Is Under Way in Early Adulthood
Health and Fitness
Changes in the Structure of Thought
Expertise and Creativity
The College Experience
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
The Family Life Cycle
The Diversity of Adult Lifestyles
PART VIII. MIDDLE ADULTHOOD
Chapter 15: Physical and Cognitive Development in Middle Adulthood
Health and Fitness
Adapting to the Challenges of Midlife
Changes in Mental Abilities
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
PART IX. LATE ADULTHOOD
Chapter 17: Physical and Cognitive Development in Late Adulthood
Health, Fitness, and Disability
Factors Related to Cognitive Change
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
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
Meticulously researched material, including nearly 1,700 new reference citations as well as the latest research and findings, is conveyed to the student in a clear, story-like fashion that humanizes the complex developmental process.
Practical applications are integrated throughout the text to show students how sound practice stems from theory and research.
Visually stunning artwork, graphics, and photographs effectively illustrate major points and enhance student interest and understanding.
Outstanding pedagogical features support students’ mastery of the subject matter:
NEW! TAKE A MOMENT…, an active-learning feature built into the text narrative, asks the reader to “take a moment” to think about an important point, integrate information on lifespan development, or engage in an exercise or an application to clarify a challenging concept. Take a Moment . . . actively engages the student in learning and inspires critical thinking!
Stories and vignettes of real people, a Berk signature feature, open each chapter and continue throughout the text to illustrate developmental principles and teach through engaging narrative.
Highlighting of key terms and definitions within the text narrative reinforces student learning in context. An end-of-chapter term list with page references is also included.
“Milestones” tables summarize major physical, cognitive, language, emotional, and social achievements of each age period.
“Ask Yourself” critical thinking questions are thoroughly revised and expanded into a unique pedagogical feature that promotes three approaches to connecting with the subject matter. The questions encourage students to Review information they have just read, Apply it to new situations, and Reflect on how theory and research are personally relevant in their own lives.
Chapter openers prepare students for what they will learn through both a prose description and an outline, which provides a quick overview of major topics to be covered.
Chapter summaries include important terms and concepts, as well as a page referenced terms list for convenient and focused student review. They are organized by learning objectives and major section headings for ease of use.
“Applying What We Know” tables speak directly to students with real-life advice on caring for oneself and others throughout the lifespan. They are based on the results of theory and research and help future psychologists, health care workers, teachers, social workers, guidance counselors, and others apply important concepts presented in the text.
Four types of thematic boxes complement the text:
1. “Social Issues” boxes underscore the influence of social and public policies on children, adolescents, and adults and emphasize the need for sensitive social policies to ensure their well-being.
2. “Cultural Influences” boxes emphasize multicultural and cross-cultural variations in human development.
3. “Biology and Environment” boxes highlight the growing attention in the field to complex, bidirectional relationships between biological and environmental influences.
4. “A Lifespan Vista” boxes are devoted to topics that have long-term implications for development or involve intergenerational issues.
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, andDevelopment 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.