Human Growth and Development

Human Growth and Development

by Chris Beckett
     
 

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Intended both for the general reader and for those working in or training for the caring professions, this volume provides an introduction to the main ideas about how human beings grow and change over their lives—emotionally, intellectually, psychologically, and socially. The author, whose academic background is not described, presents many different perspectives

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Intended both for the general reader and for those working in or training for the caring professions, this volume provides an introduction to the main ideas about how human beings grow and change over their lives—emotionally, intellectually, psychologically, and socially. The author, whose academic background is not described, presents many different perspectives on the processes of human growth and development but emphasizes psychosocial and pragmatic viewpoints. The book begins at birth and ends with death, corresponding roughly to the course of a human life throughout, and each chapter includes several activities that provide opportunities to reflect. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Editorial Reviews

Judith Buck
This is a very thoughtful and engaging book. Students will find it a useful resource to begin their exploration of human growth. It manages to encapsulate theoretical learning whilst promoting critical thought and further exploration
Dr Jo Bell
This book introduces the reader to a very wide range of theory and concepts relating to human growth and development across the entire lifespan from birth to death. It’s a great introductory text with useful practical activities to encourage students to engage and reflect.
Sam McMahon
The book is very accessible to both students and lecturers and works very well as an introductory source. The activities are a useful teaching aid and provide examples which help students make links between theory and real life.
Dr Lesley Deacon
I am pleased to endorse the second edition of Chris Beckett and Hilary Taylor book which sets out a clear and accessible text to guide students in understanding human growth and development. It is particularly beneficial as students begin their journey in exploring theories to help understand the course of human life and get to grips with the complexity of development. I recommend this book as an introduction for all levels of academic study.
Liz Cade
This text offers an insightful journey through the life course exploring the events and experiences that shape us into the individuals we are. The text combines the underpinning theories with a practical discussion and useful activities help to guide application of thinking throughout. The text is invaluable for students and academics alike and is relevant across a wide range of subject areas.
Vivienne Dacre
An excellent book with an engaging style. Clear accessible information is supported by practical activities. A ‘must have’ resource for those students and practitioners seeking to understand the application of a psychosocial approach to human growth and development.
Fern Basnett
Human Growth and Development provides an excellent foundation to understanding lifespan changes and dynamics for social work (or social and health care students). This informative text is supported by activities and case examples which help connect theory and practice in a meaningful way.
Sam Mc Mahon
The book is very accessible to both students and lecturers and works very well as an introductory source. The activities are a useful teaching aid and provide examples which help students make links between theory and real life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761972488
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
03/13/2002
Pages:
242
Product dimensions:
6.69(w) x 9.53(h) x (d)

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Meet the Author

Chris Beckett qualified as a social worker in the 1980s, and worked in the field for 18 years, first as a social worker and then as a manager, latterly as the manager of a children and families social work team. Like most social workers who qualified at that time, he started out as a ‘generic’ social worker, working with a range of service users including children and families, old people, and people with mental health problems and disabilities, but his predominant area of work was always with children and families.

He moved into academic social work in 2000, working first at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge and then at the University of East Anglia in Norwich. In addition to his social work text books, he has published academic articles on a variety of topics including the use of military language in social work, the importance of realism as an ethical principle, and statistics from Sweden about child abuse, following the legal ban there on corporal punishment. His main research area has been decision-making in court proceedings about children, and decision-making about children more generally.

Chris has a parallel career as a writer of literary science fiction, and has achieved some acclaim in this field. He won the Edge Hill Short Fiction prize for his story collection, The Turing Test, and the Arthur C. Clarke award for his novel Dark Eden. He now divides his time between his academic career and his fiction writing. More information about his fiction can be found at www.chris-beckett.com. His view is that ‘academic’ and ‘creative’ writing have more in common than might at first sight appear: in both cases the author begins with a jumble of ideas that seem to him to be in some way linked together, and attempts, in large part by a combination of intuition and trial and error, to impose some shape and structure.

Chris has three adult children, and lives in Cambridge with his wife Maggie and sundry animals.

Hilary Taylor is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and a former social worker, social work lecturer and practice teacher.

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