Theories of Human Development / Edition 1

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Intended for courses on theories of human development, this new text presents nine theories grouped into three major families-those that emphasize biological systems; those that emphasize environmental factors; and those that emphasize a dynamic interaction between biological and environmental forces.

The nine theories selected have a long and productive history in human development and continue to evolve as a result of new insights. The inclusion of social role theory and life course theory expand the book's relevance to the study of adulthood and aging. Grouping the theories by families enhances students' ability to think critically about theoretical ideas, assess the strengths and weaknesses of each theory, and gain a deeper understanding of how each theory guides research and application. The three families are introduced with a brief overview of the unique perspectives of each theory and the rationale for grouping these theories together.

Discussion of each theory includes: the historical and cultural context in which the theory was developed; an overview of key concepts and important ideas; new directions in contemporary scientific work; a research example illustrating how the theory has been tested and modified; an application showing how the theory has guided the design of an intervention or program; an analysis of how the theory answers basic questions about human development; and a critique highlighting the theories' strengths and weaknesses. Theories of Human Development serves as a text in advanced undergraduate and/or beginning graduate courses in theories of human development. Its clear organization and engaging writing style make it accessible to students with aminimal background in human development.

About the Author:
Barbara M. Newman is currently a professor of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Rhode Island

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Editorial Reviews

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"The book is written at an optimal level for comprehension. ... I felt as if I could open the book to any page, start reading and understand what the author was trying to communicate. ... I already use the Newman & Newman text for my Human Development ... graduate level course. ...I would seriously consider adopting it because ... the students like it." – Davidio Dupree, University of Pennsylvania, USA

"Students often comment that the book is very clear and not intimidating. ...The array of theories covered ... is a strength compared to competing titles. ... Newman ... does a better job at bringing the theories up-to-date. ... I will likely be switching back to ... Newman ... due to the inclusion of the bioecological chapter." - Hillary Fouts, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, USA

"I would seriously consider [Newman] for adoption. ... [It is] current, well-written and organized, and serves as a solid introduction to developmental theories. ... I appreciate the lifespan approach. ...The authors do a very nice job of providing clear applications of each theory."– Michele Gregoire Gill, University of Central Florida, USA

"The theories were presented in a straightforward, easy to read, and understandable manner. ... Content, writing style, clarity, accuracy and timeliness were excellent. The basic terms and concepts were well defined. ... I would consider replacing [our current] ... text [with Newman]." – Lydia B. Smith, University of North Carolina – Charlotte, USA

"The figures ... [that] show the relationships across theories will be very helpful for the visual learner. ...The questions to guide the reader at the beginning of the chapter are excellent. Also, including the key words, further research, and discussion questions are excellent additions." – Hillary Merk, University of Portland, USA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805847024
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/15/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 348
  • Sales rank: 346,083
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara M. Newman is a professor emeritus at the University of Rhode Island in Human Development and Family Studies.

Philip R. Newman is a Fellow of the America Psychological Association, SPSSI, and the American Orthopsychiatric Association.

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Table of Contents

Preface     vii
Introduction     1
Theories That Emphasize Biological Factors     15
Evolutionary Theory     19
Psychosexual Theory     45
Cognitive Developmental Theory     81
Theories That Emphasize Environmental Factors     121
Learning Theories     125
Social Role Theory     159
Life Course Theory     185
Theories That Emphasize the Interaction of Person and Environment     207
Psychosocial Theory     211
Cognitive Social-Historical Theory     241
Dynamic Systems Theory     269
References     297
Author Index     321
Subject Index     331
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