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Overview

Modular, Manageable, Meaningful- help your students discover the life span!

Discovering the Life Span provides students with a strong balance of research and applications.

Many instructors would like to cover the entire life span in a single term and help their students see the big picture. They want students to understand how the domains of development work together and perhaps, most importantly, have their students truly connect to the material. This remarkable text does all of this. Its balanced modular format treats each stage of life and each domain equally throughout the text. With 10 chapters, 3 modules per chapter, and only 576 pages, Discovering the Life Span is more manageable for instructors and students. It allows instructors to cover all areas of the life span without having to sacrifice content during their one-term course and students get a better sense of the entire process of development. Interactive resources like MyDevelopmentLab and MyVirtualChild produce a meaningful learning experience and prepare students to apply content to their personal and future professional lives.

Teaching & Learning Experience

  • Personalize Learning – The new MyDevelopmentLab delivers proven results in helping students succeed, provides engaging experiences that personalize learning, and comes from a trusted partner with educational expertise and a deep commitment to helping students and instructors achieve their goals.
  • Engage Students– Interactive online resources, strong applications, and innovative pedagogy integrated throughout the text produce a meaningful learning experience for students. These tools, along with in-text features encourage students to apply the content to their personal and future professional lives.
  • Improve Critical Thinking – “Review, Check, and Apply” sections tied to the Learning Objectives help students clearly understand what they are expected to learn in a given section of the book.
  • Explore Research – “From Research to Practice” helps students see the impact of developmental research throughout society.
  • Understand Culture and Diversity – In-text “Cultural Dimensions” highlight issues relevant in today’s multicultural society.
  • Support Instructors - MyDevelopmentLab’s Class Prep, MyVirtualChild, video embedded PowerPoints, MyTest, clicker questions, and an instructor’s manual provide extensive support for instructors.

Note: MyDevelopmentLab does not come automatically packaged with this text. To purchase MyDevelopmentLab, please visit: www.mydevelopmentlab.com or you can purchase a valuepack of the text + MyDevelopmentLab (at no additional cost).

VP: 9780205216918

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780136061670
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 10/15/2008
  • Series: MyDevelopmentLab Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 1,407,098
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert S. Feldman is Professor of Psychology and Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. A recipient of the College Distinguished Teacher Award, he teaches psychology classes ranging in size from 15 to nearly 500 students. During the course of more than two decades as a college instructor, he has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses at Mount Holyoke College, Wesleyan University, Virginia Commonwealth University, in addition to the University of Massachusetts.

Feldman, who initiated the Minority Mentoring Program at the University of Massachusetts, also has served as a Hewlett Teaching Fellow and Senior Online Teaching Fellow. He initiated distance learning courses in psychology at the University of Massachusetts.

Feldman also is actively involved in promoting the field of psychology. He is on the Board of Directors of the Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences (FABBS) and he also is on the Board of the FABBS Foundation

A Fellow of both the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science, Professor Feldman received a B.A. with High Honors from Wesleyan University and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Feldman is a winner of a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar and Lecturer award, and he has written more than 150 books, book chapters, and scientific articles. He has edited Development of Nonverbal Behavior in Children (Springer-Verlag), Applications of Nonverbal Behavioral Theory and Research (Erlbaum), and co-edited Fundamentals of Nonverbal Behavior (Cambridge University Press). He is also author of Child Development, Understanding Psychology, and P.O.W.E.R. Learning: Strategies for Success in College and Life. His books have been translated into a number of languages, including Spanish, French, Portuguese, Dutch, Chinese, and Japanese.

His research interests include honesty and deception in everyday life and the use of nonverbal behavior in impression management, and his research has been supported by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute on Disabilities and Rehabilitation Research.

Feldman loves music, is an enthusiastic, if not-exactly-expert, pianist, and he enjoys cooking and traveling. He has three children, and he and his wife, a psychologist, live in western Massachusetts, in a home overlooking the Holyoke mountain range.

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Table of Contents


IN THIS SECTION:

1.) BRIEF

2.) COMPREHENSIVE


BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Start of Life

Chapter 3: Infancy

Chapter 4: The Preschool Years

Chapter 5: Middle Childhood

Chapter 6: Adolescence

Chapter 7: Early Adulthood

Chapter 8: Middle Adulthood

Chapter 9: Late Adulthood

Chapter 10: Death and Dying

COMPREHENSIVE TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Chapter 1: Introduction

Module 1.1 Beginnings

An Orientation to Lifespan Development

Key Issues and Questions: Determining the Nature—and Nurture—of Lifespan Development

Module 1.2 Theoretical Perspectives on Lifespan Development

The Psychodynamic, Behavioral, and Cognitive Perspectives

The Humanistic, Contextual, and Evolutionary Perspectives

Module 1.3 Research Methods

Theories, Hypotheses, and Correlational Studies

Experiments: Determining Cause and Effect

Chapter 2: The Start of Life

Module 2.1 Prenatal Development

Earliest Development

The Interaction of Heredity and Environment

Module 2.2 Prenatal Growth and Change

The Prenatal Period

The Prenatal Environment: Threats to Development

Module 2.3 Birth and the Newborn Infant

Birth

Birth Complications

The Competent Newborn

Chapter 3: Infancy

Module 3.1 Physical Development in Infancy

Growth and Stability

Motor Development

The Development of the Senses

Module 3.2 Cognitive Development in Infancy

Piaget’s Approach to Cognitive Development

Information Processing Approaches to Cognitive Development

The Roots of Language

What Can You Do to Promote Infants’ CognitiveDevelopment?

Module 3.3 Social and Personality Development in Infancy

The Velcro Chronicles

Developing the Roots of Sociability

Forming Relationships

Differences among Infants

Chapter 4: The Preschool Years

Module 4.1 Physical Development in the Preschool Years

The Growing Body

The Growing Brain

Motor Development

Module 4.2 Cognitive Development in the Preschool Years

Piaget’s Approach to Cognitive Development

Information Processing and Vygotsky’s Approach to Cognitive Development

The Growth of Language and Learning

Module 4.3 Social and Personality Development in the Preschool Years

Forming a Sense of Self

Friends and Family: Preschoolers’ Social Lives

Moral Development and Aggression

Chapter 5: Middle Childhood

Module 5.1 Physical Development in Middle Childhood

The Growing Body

Motor Development and Safety

Children with Special Needs

Keeping Children Fit

Module 5.2 Cognitive Development in Middle Childhood

Intellectual and Language Development

Schooling: The Three Rs (and More) of Middle Childhood

Cultural Dimensions: Multicultural Education

Intelligence: Determining Individual Strengths

Module 5.3 Social and Personality Development in Middle Childhood

The Developing Self

Family Life in Middle Childhood

Chapter 6: Adolescence

Module 6.1 Physical Development in Adolescence

Physical Maturation

Threats to Adolescents’ Well-Being

Module 6.2 Cognitive Development in Adolescence

Cognitive Development

School Performance

Module 6.3 Social and Personality Development in Adolescence

Identity: Asking “Who Am I?”

Relationships: Family and Friends

Dating, Sexual Behavior, and Teenage Pregnancy

Chapter 7: Early Adulthood

Module 7.1 Physical Development in Early Adulthood

Physical Development 310

Physical Limitations and Challenges

Stress and Coping: Dealing With Life’s Challenges

Module 7.2 Cognitive Development in Early Adulthood

Cognitive Development

Intelligence: What Matters in Early Adulthood?

College: Pursuing Higher Education

Module 7.3 Social and Personality Development in Early Adulthood

Forging Relationships: Intimacy, Liking, and Loving During Early Adulthood

The Course of Relationships

Work: Choosing and Embarking on a Career

Chapter 8: Middle Adulthood

Module 8.1 Physical Development in Middle Adulthood

Physical Development

Sexuality in Middle Adulthood

Health

Module 8.2 Cognitive Development in Middle Adulthood

Cognitive Development

Memory

Module 8.3 Social and Personality Development in Middle Adulthood

Personality Development

Relationships: Family in Middle Age

Work and Leisure

Cultural Dimensions: Immigrants on the Job:

Chapter 9: Late Adulthood

Module 9.1 Physical Development in Late Adulthood

Physical Development in Late Adulthood

Health and Wellness in Late Adulthood

Module 9.2 Cognitive Development in Late Adulthood

Intelligence

Memory

Module 9.3 Social and Personality Development in Late Adulthood

Personality Development and Successful Aging

The Daily Life of Late Adulthood

Relationships: Old and New

Chapter 10: Death and Dying

Module 10.1 Dying and Death Across the Life Span

Defining Death: Determining the Point at Which Life Ends

Death Across the Life Span: Causes and Reactions

Death Education: Preparing for the Inevitable?

Module 10.2 Confronting Death

Understanding the Process of Dying: Taking Steps Toward Death

Choosing the Nature of Death: Is DNR the Way to Go?

Caring for the Terminally Ill: The Place of Death

Module 10.3 Grief and Bereavement

Mourning and Funerals: Final Rites

Bereavement and Grief: Adjusting to the Death of a Loved One

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