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Introduction to Theories of Human Development

Introduction to Theories of Human Development - 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-0761926399

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ISBN13: 978-0761926399
ISBN10: 0761926399
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 04
Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc.
Published: 2004
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Introduction to Theories of Human Development - 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-0761926399

Neil J. Salkind

ISBN13: 978-0761926399
ISBN10: 0761926399
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 04
Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc.

Published: 2004
International: No
Summary

An Introduction to Theories of Human Development examines the development process, looking at the series of changes that occur as a result of an interaction between biological and environmental factors. Why might our behavior as an adult be so different from when we were infants? Why and how does one stage of development follow the next? Are the changes that we experience abrupt in nature or smooth and predictable? Author Neil J. Salkind reflects on such critical questions to help readers understand what happens along the way as one develops from infancy through later life.

This book provides a comprehensive view of the primary theoretical models of human development including those from the biological, psychoanalytic, behavioral, and cognitive developmental perspective. Along with a brief discussion of a historical background for each of these approaches, An Introduction to Theories of Human Development examines the application of these theories to various aspects of human development, such as the effectiveness of early intervention, individual differences, adolescence, and sociobiology.

Features of this text:

  • A final, integrative chapter compares the various theories presented in the book using Murry Sidman's model of six criteria for judging a theory to help develop students' skills for critically assessing theory.
  • Classic approaches to understanding human behavior across the lifespan are also examined.
  • Pedagogical features such as chapter opening quotes, boxed highlights, key terms, a glossary, and websites for further reading enhance student understanding of everyday human behavior.
  • An Introduction to Theories of Human Development is an accessible text for advanced undergraduate students in the social and behavioral sciences including such fields as psychology, education, human services, nursing, sociology, social welfare, and human development and family studies.

Author Bio

Salkind, Neil J. : University of Kansas

Table of Contents

PART ONE. AN INTRODUCTION & IMPORTANT IDEAS

1. An Introduction to the Study of Human Development
2. Trends & Issues in Human Development

PART TWO. THE MATURATIONAL & BIOLOGICAL APPROACHES

Arnold Gesell and the Maturational Model
4. The Importance of Biology: Sociobiology & Ethology

PART THREE. THE PSYCHODYNAMIC APPROACH

5. Sigmund Freud's Psychosexual Theory
6. Erik Erikson's Focus on Psychosocial Development

PART FOUR. THE BEHAVIORAL PERSPECTIVE

7. The Behavioral Models of Development
8. Social Learning Theory

PART FIVE. THE COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENTAL VIEW

9. Jean Piaget's Cognitive Model
10. Lev Vygotsky's Sociocultural Theory of Development

PART SIX. A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS

11. Comparing Theories of Human Development