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Development Through Lifespan - 3rd edition

Development Through Lifespan (ISBN10: 0205391575; ISBN13: 9780205391578)
ISBN13: 978-0205391578
ISBN10: 0205391575

Summary: Development Through the Lifespan continues to lead the market with its currency, clarity, solid research, and rich examples of human development.

Laura Berk, renowned professor and researcher in the field of human development, has revised the text with new pedagogy, a heightened emphasis on the interplay between biology and environment, and expanded coverage of biology, culture, and social issues, while emphasizing the lifespan perspective of development.< moreBR>
Students are provided with an especially 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.

While carefully considering the complexities of human development, Berk presents classic and emerging theories in an especially clear, engaging writing style, with a multitude of research-based, real-world, and cross-cultural examples. Strengthening the connections between application and theory or research, this edition's extensive revision brings forth the most recent scholarship in the field, representing the changing field of human development.


  • Meticulously researched material, including over 1,700 new reference citations, is conveyed to the student in a clear, story-like fashion that humanizes the complex developmental process.
  • Outstanding pedagogical features support students' mastery of the subject matter, including: chapter-opening outlines; chapter-opening vignettes; engaging "Ask Yourself" questions; key terms, with definitions highlighted in the chapter text; chapter summaries with bolded terms, organized by learning objectives and major section headings; and a page-referenced end-of-chapter term list.
  • "Ask Yourself" critical thinking questions at the end of major sections encourage students to review information they have just read, apply it to new situations, and connect it to age periods and domains of development (see also "New to This Edition," below).
  • Four types of thematic boxes complement the text--
  • "Biology and Environment" boxes (see "New to This Edition") present a balanced, interconnected view of key biological and environmental influences on development.
  • "Cultural Influences" boxes emphasize multicultural and cross-cultural variations in development.
  • "Social Issues" boxes underscore the influence of social policy on all aspects of development.
  • "A Lifespan Vista" boxes highlight topics that have long-term implications for development or involve intergenerational issues. These underscore the book's key theme of the lifespan perspective (that development continues across the lifespan).
  • "Caregiving Concerns" tables apply the results of theory and research, offering practical advice relevant to caring for oneself and others throughout the lifespan.
  • "Milestones" tables at the end of each age division summarize milestones within each developmental domain, providing students with an overview of the chronology of development.
  • Practical applications are integrated into the discussion throughout the text to show students how sound practice stems from theory and research.
  • Attractive artwork, graphics, and photographs effectively illustrate major points and facilitate student interest and understanding.
New To This Edition
  • Many new topics have been introduced and enhanced throughout the third edition, including: evolutionary developmental psychology (Ch. 1); environmental influences on gene expression, including epigenesis (Ch. 2); infant crying (Ch. 3); brain plasticity throughout the lifespan (Ch. 4); the core knowledge perspective on cognitive development (Ch. 5); emergence of emotional self-regulation (Ch. 6); scaffolding and cognitive development (Ch. 7); genetic influences on gender typing (Ch. 8); reciprocal teaching (Ch. 9); self-conscious emotions, emotional understanding, and emotional self-regulation (Ch. 10); parenting and adolescent achievement (Ch. 11); identity development, including the role of close friends (Ch. 12); psychological stress in early adulthood(Ch. 13); career development of women and ethnic minorities (Ch. 14); stress management in adulthood (Ch. 15); ethnic variations in generativity (Ch. 16); overcoming stereotypes of aging (Ch. 17); consequences of religion and spirituality for elders' well-being (Ch. 18); bereavement overload and interventions (Ch. 19).
  • New "Biology and Environment" boxes highlight the growing attention in the human development field to the complex, bi-directional relationship between biological and environmental influences. A wide range of topics include: uncoupling genetic environmental correlations for mental illness and antisocial behavior (Ch. 1); Do infants have built-in numerical knowledge? (Ch. 5); sex differences in spatial abilities (Ch. 11); and caloric restriction and longevity (Ch. 15).
  • Revised "Social Issues" boxes cover a variety of current social and public policy topics, including Access Program, a community-researcher partnership (Ch. 1); school readiness and early grade retention (Ch. 9); development of civic responsibility (Ch. 12); partner abuse (Ch. 14); and interventions for caregivers of elders with dementia (Ch. 17).
  • "Cultural Influences" boxes have been expanded and updated to deepen the attention to culture threaded throughout the text, emphasizing multicultural and cross-cultural variations. Topics include cultural variation in sleeping arrangements (Ch. 4); young children's daily life in a Yucatec Mayan village (Ch. 7); implications of cultural variations in personal storytelling for preschoolers' self-concepts (Ch. 8), and a global perspective on family planning (Ch. 14).
  • Revised "A Lifespan Vista" boxes are devoted to topics that have long-term implications for development, including brain plasticity through the lifespan (Ch. 4); a case study of a boy reared as a girl (Ch. 8); why the U.S. exceeds all other nations in prevalence of obesity (Ch. 13); childhood attachment patterns and adult romantic relationships (Ch. 14); and life stories of generative adults (Ch. 19).
  • "Ask Yourself" questions have been thoroughly revised and expanded into a unique pedagogical feature that promotes three approaches to engaging actively with the subject matter: "Review, Apply, and Connect." Sample answers are available on the Companion Website, and in the Instructor's Resource Manual.
  • New In-text glossary helps students see each chapter's key terms in their true context.
  • Student Supplements--
  • New Grade Aid student workbook (study guide) features chapter summaries, learning objectives, study questions organized according to major headings in the text, "Ask Yourself" questions that also appear in the text, crossword puzzles for mastering important terms, and multiple-choice self-tests.
  • Revised Companion Website offers support for students through practice tests, annotated Weblinks, learning objectives, suggested readings, flashcard vocabulary building activities, an area to answer the text's "Ask Yourself" questions, including the opportunity for students to submit their answers then see a model response. (
  • New Research Navigator Guide for Psychology provides tips, resources, activities and URLs to help students succeed in the Lifespan Development course. Also included in every copy is auser access code for a six-month subscription to the Research Navigator online database.
  • New Research Navigator online database allows users access to thousands of full-text scholarly articles from psychology journals like Child Development, Developmental Psychology, and Applied Developmental Science, as well as articles from popular magazines and newspapers like The New York Times, Newsweek, and USA Today. A free Research Navigator Access code is found in every copy of Research Navigator Guide for Psychology (see above).
  • Instructor Resources--
  • Instructor's Resource Manual features thoroughly revised materials to enrich classroom presentations, including At-a-Glance grids, chapter summaries, learning objectives, lecture outlines, lecture enhancements, learning activities, Ask Yourself questions with sample answers, suggested student readings, and media materials.
  • Testbank contains essay questions and over 2,000 multiple-choice questions, each of which is page referenced to chapter content.
  • Computerized Testbank, in easy-to-use TestGen EQ format with full editing capabilities, lets instructors prepare tests for printing as well as for network and online testing. Dual Platform CD-ROM.
  • Transparencies. Two hundred full-color transparencies taken from the text and other sources are referenced in the Instructor's Resource Manual.
  • PowerPoint CD-ROM offers electronic slides of lecture outlines and illustrations from the textbook and allows instructors to customize content. Also contains digitized instructor's manual.
  • Digital Media Archive. This collection of media assets--including charts, graphs, tables, and figures, audio, and video clips--assists instructors in creating dynamic presentations.
  • "Lifespan Development in Action" Observation Program. Laura E. Berk has revised and expanded this real-life videotape, containing hundreds of observation segments that illustrate the many theories, concepts, and milestones of human development. New additions include Childbirth, Adolescent Friendship and confronting a life-threatening illness in early adulthood. An Observation Guide helps students use the video in conjunction with the textbook, deepening their understanding and applying what they have learned to everyday life. (The videotape and Observation Guide are free to instructors who adopt the text and are available to students at a discount when packaged with the text).
  • New "A Window on Lifespan Development." This new videotape--containing two hours of un-narrated observational footage of infancy through adulthood--complements the Observation Program (see above), providing students additional real-life examples of human development.
  • Video Workshop. Available for January 2004 classes. less

Edition/Copyright: 3RD 04
Cover: Hardback
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
Published: 07/24/2003
International: No

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