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Laura Berk, renowned professor and researcher in the field of human development, has revised this 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 perspeetive on development

Incl. physical/emotional development at all life stages, environmental contexts, cultural influences, death/dying etc

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Editorial Reviews

Nineteen chapters are arranged chronologically to discuss theory and research in human development, foundations of development, infancy and toddlerhood, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and the last stages of life. Cultural influences, social issues, and lifespan vista are set off in boxes, and each age division ends with a milestone table. The relationship of theory and research to practice is woven throughout the text narrative. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
New edition of a text in which Berk (Illinois State U.) interweaves an understanding of seven elements: the diverse array of development theories; the lifespan perspective; the sequence of human development and underlying processes; the impact of context and culture; the joint contributions of biology and environment to development; the interdependency of physical, cognitive, emotional, and social domains; and the interrelatedness of theory, research, and applications. The 19 chapters start with theory and research and proceed through foundations of development and the various stages from infancy through childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and the end of life. Contains many color illustrations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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What Reviewers Are Saying

Again, you have written one of the best textbooks I have ever reviewed. You do a great job of using research-based material, provide clear statements describing complicated issues, provide useful summaries, and write in a way that enhances student interest and learning. In fact, I would suggest that faculty using your text end up learning even more than the students who read the book.

Dale Lund, California State University, San Bernardino

The writing style is extremely fluid, easy to read, and engaging.

Cheryl Anagnopoulos, Black Hills State University

Diversity and multicultural coverage is a REAL strength of the text.

Aurora Sherman, (Oregon State University

The research is absolutely current, relevant, and well-integrated throughout the text.

Lori Bica, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire

I think students need stories to serve as frameworks for thinking about developmental concepts, and this text provides that.

Mary Ann Erickson, Ithaca College

Laura Berk has included more diversity content (in both regular text and various boxes) than in any other comparable text. Bravo for Berk.

Tracie Blumentritt, (University of Wisconsin La Crosse

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205741519
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 10/28/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 667
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

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 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 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). She is the coauthor of the forthcoming chapter on make-believe play and self-regulation in the Sage Handbook of Play in Early Childhood.

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, and Development Through the Lifespan published by Pearson. 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 Chicago advisory board of Jumpstart, a nonprofit organization that provides intensive 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.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Theory and Research in Human Development 2
1 History, Theory, and Research Strategies 2
Pt. II Foundations of Development 42
2 Biological and Environmental Foundations 42
3 Prenatal Development, Birth, and the Newborn Baby 76
Pt. III Infancy and Toddlerhood: The First Two Years 114
4 Physical Development in Infancy and Toddlerhood 114
5 Cognitive Development in Infancy and Toddlerhood 144
6 Emotional and Social Development in Infancy and Toddlerhood 174
Pt. IV Early Childhood: Two to Six Years 204
7 Physical and Cognitive Development in Early Childhood 204
8 Emotional and Social Development in Early Childhood 244
Pt. V Middle Childhood: Six to Eleven Years 276
9 Physical and Cognitive Development in Middle Childhood 276
10 Emotional and Social Development in Middle Childhood 316
Pt. VI Adolescence: The Transition to Adulthood 348
11 Physical and Cognitive Development in Adolescence 348
12 Emotional and Social Development in Adolescence 386
Pt. VII Early Adulthood 416
13 Physical and Cognitive Development in Early Adulthood 416
14 Emotional and Social Development in Early Adulthood 450
Pt. VIII Middle Adulthood 486
15 Physical and Cognitive Development in Middle Adulthood 486
16 Emotional and Social Development in Middle Adulthood 516
Pt. IX Late Adulthood 550
17 Physical and Cognitive Development in Late Adulthood 550
18 Emotional and Social Development in Late Adulthood 586
Pt. X The End of Life 622
19 Death, Dying and Bereavement 622
Glossary G-1
References R-1
Name Index NI-1
Subject Index SI-1
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    Posted January 17, 2013

    Cancelled my order

    after a couple days, they cancelled my order. they didn't provide a reason. i needed this for class; they should've cancelled it as soon as the order was placed, not after a couple days waiting for it to come in the mail.

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    Posted September 2, 2012

    Not What I ordered either

    The title specifically states that it is the 5th edition. After I ordered the book and got my email it said the 4th edition was being sent to me and that it was the My developmental lab series. I am not happy about my first experience with this site. I have emailed the seller, hopefully this can be resolved quickly.

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    Development through the lifespan

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