Human Development: Traditional and Contemporary Theories / Edition 1

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For courses in human development, theories of development and development over the lifespan.

Throughout years of teaching various courses in psychology, Doris Bergen struggled with a familiar problem in Human Development classes: the texts available to her did not meet the needs of the types of students in her classes. In teaching students who were primarily working towards degrees in professional practice, rather than those focusing on advanced degrees in psychology, the current texts did not present theoretical work in a way that helped her students translate the concepts into their careers. Here, Doris Bergen has authored a text that does just that. By making the theoretical issues relevant and accessible to students going into professional practice, enabling them to apply theory to case examples, and helping them see which theories are focused primarily on specific developmental domains, this text will give students the edge they need as they move forward in their working lives.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780131343979
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 3/13/2007
  • Series: Pearson Custom Library: Psychology Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 1,254,518
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Defining and Categorizing Theories and Exploring Their Theoretical Roots

Chapter 2: Applying Human Development Theories in Research and Practice

Chapter 3: Theories with Major Emphasis on Personality and Social-Emotional Development

Chapter 4: Further Theoretical Perspectives on Personality and Social-Emotional Development

Chapter 5: Life Span Theoretical Perspective on Personality and Social-Emotional Development

Chapter 6: Theories with Major Emphasis on Cognitive and Language Development

Chapter 7: Further Theoretical Perspectives on Cognitive and Language Development

Chapter 8: Theories with Major Emphasis on Socio-Moral and Gender Role Development

Chapter 9: Further Theoretical Perspectives on Socio-Moral and Gender Role Development

Chapter 10: Life Span Theoretical Perspectives on Cognitive, Socio-Moral, Gender Role and Other Developmental Domains

Chapter 11: Physical/Motor, Perceptual, Neuropsychological, and Behavioral Genetic Theoretical Perspectives

Chapter 12: Ecological, Bioecological, Developmental Psychobiological, and Non-linear Dynamical Systems Theoretical Perspectives

Table of Contents for Readings Section

Freedom to Develop Nature in Education 247

Maria Montessori

Baby in a Box 255

B. F. Skinner

Rulers, Models, and Nonlinear Dynamics:

Measurement and Method in Developmental Research 261

Kurt Fischer and Samuel Rose

Origins of Human Competence:

A Cultural-Ecological Perspective 265

John U. Ogbu

Adolescence 282

E. H. Erikson

Jokes and the Unconscious 286

Sigmund Freud

Theoretical Perspectives 293

A. Bandura

How Emotional Development Relates to Learning 308

Stanley Greenspan, M.D.

Children of the Great Depression 312

G. H. Elder

Reflections on the Last Stage—and the First 320

Erik Erikson

Some Aspects of Operations 326

Jean Piaget

Interaction between Learning and Development 331

L. S. Vygotsky

The Origins of Neo-Piagetian Theory 339

R. Case

Growth Cycles of Brain and Mind 345

Kurt W. Fischer and Samuel P. Rose

Mechanisms of Theory Formation in Young Children 351

Alison Gopnik and Laura Schultz

Education for Justice:

A Modern Statement of the Platonic View 361

Lawrence Kohlberg

A Cognitive-Developmental Analysis of Children’s Sex-Role Concepts

and Attitudes 366

Lawrence Kohlberg

Development and Opposition to Cultural Practices 369

E. Turiel

Empathy and Sympathy 375

N. Eisenberg

Toward Utopia:

Eradicating Gender Polarization 378

S. Bem

Wisdom as a Topic of Scientific Discourse About the Good Life 381

P.B. Baltes

Pattern of Aging:

Past, Present, and Future 385

Bernice L. Neugarten

From Perception to Inference 392

E. J. Gibson

Developmental Psychology and Brain Development:

A Historical Perspective 395

Sidney J. Segalowitz

Developmental Science in the Discovery Mode 402

U. Bronfenbenner

Introduction 404

E. Thelen and L.B. Smith

The Role of Immaturity in Human Development 412

David F. Bjorklund



Author Index

Subject Index

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