ISBN-10:
0205940072
ISBN-13:
2900205940072
Pub. Date:
03/05/2013
Publisher:
Pearson
Development Across the Life Span / Edition 7

Development Across the Life Span / Edition 7

by Robert S. FeldmanRobert S. Feldman
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Overview

This detailed and readable book provides readers with a broad overview of the field of human development, covering the entire range of human life—from the moment of conception through death—and focusing on physical, cognitive, and social and personality development. It covers basic theories and research findings, as well as highlighting current applications outside the laboratory. A nine-part organization covers beginnings, infancy: forming the foundations of life, the preschool years, the middle childhood years, adolescence, early adulthood, middle adulthood, late adulthood, and endings. For individuals spanning the range of human existence—and trying to maximize its current content and inherent promise.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900205940072
Publisher: Pearson
Publication date: 03/05/2013
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 720
Product dimensions: 9.20(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Robert S. Feldman is Professor of Psychology and Associate Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Massachusetts at 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.

Professor 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

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. He is a winner of a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar and Lecturer award, and he has written more than 100 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.

Professor Feldman loves music, is an enthusiastic pianist, and enjoys cooking and traveling. He has three children, and he and his wife, a psychologist, live in Amherst, Massachusetts, in a home overlooking the Holyoke mountain range.

Table of Contents

(NOTE: All chapters conclude with Looking Back, Key Terms and Concepts, and Epilogue.)

I. BEGINNINGS.

1. An Introduction to Life Span Development.
An Orientation to Life Span Development. Key Issues and Questions: Determining the Nature—and Nurture—of Life Span Development. Theoretical Perspectives. Research Methods.

2. The Start of Life: Prenatal Development.
Heredity. The Interaction of Heredity and Environment. Prenatal Growth and Change.

3. Birth and the Newborn Infant.
Birth. Birth Complications. The Competent Newborn.

II. INFANCY: FORMING THE FOUNDATIONS OF LIFE.

4. Physical Development in Infancy.
Growth and Stability. Motor Development. The Development of the Senses.

5. Cognitive Development in Infancy.
Piaget's Approach to Cognitive Development. Information-Processing Approaches to Cognitive Development. The Roots of Language.

6. Social and Personality Development in Infancy.
Forming the Roots of Sociability. Forging Relationships. Differences Among Infants.

III. THE PRESCHOOL YEARS.

7. Physical and Cognitive Development in the Preschool Years.
Physical Growth. Intellectual Development. The Growth of Language and Learning.

8. Social and Personality Development in the Preschool Years.
Forming a Sense of Self. Friends and Family: Preschooler's Social Lives. Moral Development and Aggression.

IV. THE MIDDLE CHILDHOOD YEARS.

9. Physical and Cognitive Development in Middle Childhood.
Physical Development. Intellectual Development. Schooling: The Three Rs (and More) of Middle Childhood.

10. Social and Personality Development in Middle Childhood.
The Developing Self. Relationships: Building Friendship in Middle Childhood. Family Life.

V. ADOLESCENCE.

11. Physical and Cognitive Development in Adolescence.
Physical Maturation. Cognitive Development and Schooling. Threats to Adolescents' Well-Being.

12. Social and Personality Development in Adolescence.
Identity: Asking “Who Am I?” Relationships: Family and Friends. Dating, Sexual Behavior, and Teenage Pregnancy.

VI. EARLY ADULTHOOD.

13. Physical and Cognitive Development in Early Adulthood.
Physical Development and Stress. Cognitive Development. College: Pursuing Higher Education.

14. 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.

VII. MIDDLE ADULTHOOD.

15. Physical and Cognitive Development in Middle Adulthood.
Physical Development. Health. Cognitive Development.

16. Social and Personality Development in Middle Adulthood.
Personality Development. Relationships: Family in Middle Age. Work and Leisure.

VIII. LATE ADULTHOOD.

17. Physical and Cognitive Development in Late Adulthood.
Physical Development in Late Adulthood. Health and Wellness in Late Adulthood. Cognitive Development in Late Adulthood.

18. Social and Personality Development in Late Adulthood.
Personality Development and Successful Aging. The Daily Life of Late Adulthood. Relationships: Old and New.

IX. ENDINGS.

19. Death and Dying.
Dying and Death Across the Life Span. Confronting Death. Grief and Bereavement.

Preface

This book tells a story: the story of our lives, and our parents' lives, and the lives of our children. It is the story of human beings and how they get to be the way they are.

Unlike any other area of study, lifespan development speaks to us in a very personal sense. It encompasses the range of human existence from its beginnings at conception to inevitable ending at death. It is a discipline that deals with ideas and concepts and theories, but one that above all has at its heart people—our fathers and mothers, our friends d acquaintances, our very selves.

Development Across the Life Span seeks to capture the discipline in a way that k sparks and nurtures and shapes readers' interest. It is meant to excite students about the field, to draw them into its way of looking at the world, and to build their understanding of developmental issues. By exposing readers to both the current content and the promise inherent in lifespan development, the text is designed to keep interest in the discipline alive long after students' formal study of the field has ended.

Overview of the Third Edition

Development Across the Life Span, third edition—like its predecessors—provides a broad overview of the field of human development. It covers the entire range of the human life, from the moment of conception through death. The text furnishes a broad, comprehensive introduction to the field, covering basic theories and research findings, as well as highlighting current applications outside the laboratory. It covers the life span chronologically, encompassing the prenatal period, infancy and toddlerhood, the preschool years, middle childhood, adolescence,early and middle adulthood, and late adulthood. Within these periods, it focuses on physical, cognitive, and social and personality development.

The book seeks to accomplish the following four major goals:

  • First and foremost, the book is designed to provide a broad, balanced overview of the field of lifespan development. It introduces readers to the theories, research, and applications that constitute the discipline, examining both the traditional areas of the field as well as more recent innovations. It pays particular attention to the applications developed by lifespan development specialists, demonstrating how lifespan developmentalists use theory, research, and applications to help solve significant social problems.
  • The second goal of the text is to explicitly tie development to students' lives. Findings from the study of lifespan development have a significant degree of relevance to students, and this text illustrates how these findings can be applied in a meaningful, practical sense. Applications are presented in a contemporaneous framework, including current news items, timely world events, and contemporary uses of lifespan development that draw readers into the field. Numerous descriptive scenarios and vignettes reflect everyday situations in people's lives, explaining how they relate to the field.
  • The third goal is to highlight both the commonalities and diversity of today's multicultural society. Consequently, the book incorporates material relevant to diversity in all its forms—racial, ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and cultural diversity—throughout every chapter. In addition, every chapter has at least one "Developmental Diversity" section. These features explicitly consider how cultural fact(( relevant to development both unite and diversify our contemporary, global society.
  • Finally, the fourth goal is one that is implicit in the other three: making the field lifespan development engaging, accessible, and interesting to students. Lifespan development is a joy both to study and teach, because so much of it has direct, immediate meaning to our lives. Because all of us are involved in our own developmental pant we are tied in very personal ways to the content areas covered by the book. Development Across the Life Span, then, is meant to engage and nurture this interest, planting a seed that will develop and flourish throughout readers' lifetimes!

In accomplishing these goals, the book strives to be user-friendly. Written in a direct, conversational voice, it replicates as much as possible a dialogue between author and student. The text is meant to be understood and mastered on its own by students of every level of interest and motivation. To that end, it includes a variety of pedagogical features that promote mastery of the material and encourage critical thinking.

In short, the book blends and integrates theory, research, and applications, focusing on the breadth of human development. Furthermore, rather than attempting to provide detailed historical record of the field, it focuses on the here-and-now, drawing on the past where appropriate, but with a view toward delineating the field as it now stands and the directions toward which it is evolving. Similarly, while providing descriptions of classic studies, the emphasis is more on current research findings and trends.

Development Across the Life Span is meant to be a book that readers will want to keep in their own personal libraries, one that they will take off the shelf when considering problems related to that most intriguing of questions: How do people come to be the war they are?

What's New in the Third Edition

The third edition of Development Across the Life Span has been extensively revised in response to the comments of dozens of reviewers. Among the major changes are the following:

Additions of New and Updated Material

The revision incorporates a significant amount of new and updated information. For instance, advances in such areas as brain development, mapping the human genome, cognitive development, and cultural approaches to development receive expanded and news coverage. Overall, hundreds of new citations have been added, with most of those from articles and books published in the last three years.

Several areas received special attention in this revision, particularly in terms of coverage of middle and late adulthood. In addition, new material on genetics and brain development was added, fueled by the rapid changes in our understanding of these areas.

New topics were added to every chapter. The following sample of new and revised topics featured in this edition provides a good indication of the currency of the revision:

  • human genome, number of human genes, nonorganic failure to thrive, affordances, brain development, corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH), virginity pledges, benevolent sexism, referential and expressive language styles, interactional synchrony, epigenetic theory, use of antidepressants in children, fast mapping, emotion regulation, early puberty onset, emotional intelligence, psychoneuroimmunology, expertise, regret, estrogen loss, age stratification, passive and active euthanasia

Revisions to Foster Student Critical Thinking and Mastery of the Material

One thread that ran through the reviews of the previous edition was instructors' concerns regarding their students' thorough mastery of the material, permitting them to think critically about the material. In order to foster student mastery, a number of subtle changes were made to this edition to reinforce the existing features:

  • Critical thinking questions added to captions. Many critical thinking questions were added to photo and figure captions, helping students to think more deeply about the material and to help students make connections between text concepts and the photo illustrations.
  • End-of-part Bridges. Each major part of the book ends with a "Bridges" section. "Bridges" help students understand the relationship between the developmental achievements of the previous period and the upcoming one.

Ancillaries

Development Across the Life Span, Third Edition is accompanied by a superb set of teaching and learning materials.

For the Instructor:

NEW Prentice Hall's Observations in Child Development, Volume I by David Daniel. FREE when packaged with the text, this CD-ROM brings to life more than 30 key concepts discussed in the narrative of the text. Students get to view each video twice: once with an introduction to the concept being illustrated and again with commentary describing what is taking place at crucial points in the video. Students are then quizzed to test their understanding of what they just watched. Whether your course has an observation component or not, this CD-ROM provides your students the opportunity to see children in action.

Instructor's Resource Manual. Written by Susan Horton, Mesa Community College, this Instructor's Resource Manual contains a wealth of material for new and experienced instructors alike. Each chapter includes Objectives, Key Terms and Concepts, a Chapter Outline, Lecture Suggestions, Demonstrations and Classroom Activities, Group Activities, Critical Thinking Exercises, Assignment Ideas, Journal Exercises, Suggested Films and Videos, and Classroom Handouts.

NEW Instructor's Resource CD-ROM. This valuable, time-saving supplement brings together all of the Third Edition's instructor's resources in one convenient place. The CD-ROM offers presentation resources, including video clips from Prentice Hall's Observations in Child Development CD-ROM, chapter specific PowerPoint presentations, electronic versions of the overhead transparencies and text graphics. It also includes the electronic files for the Instructor's Resource Manual and the Test Item File.

Prentice Hall's Color Transparencies for Developmental Psychology. Designed in a large-type format for lecture settings, these full color overhead transparencies add visual appeal to your lectures by augmenting the visuals in the text with a variety of new illustrations.

Test Item File. Written by Carolyn Meyer, Lake-Sumter Community College, this test bank contains over 3000 multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions that test for factual, applied, and conceptual knowledge.

Prentice Hall Test Manager. One of the best-selling test-generating software programs on the market, Test Manager is available in Windows and Macintosh formats. Both fore mats contain a Grade Book, Online Network Testing, and many tools to help you edit and create tests. The program comes with full Technical Support and telephone "Request a Test" service.

NEW PsychologyCentral Website. Password protected for instructor's use only, this site allows you instant online access to Prentice Hall Psychology supplements. You'll find a multitude of resources for teaching developmental psychology—and many other psychology courses, too. From this site, you can download the following key supplements for Development Across the Life Span, Third Edition: Instructor's Resource Manual, Overhead Transparencies, Chapter Art and Chapter Specific PowerPoint presentations. Contact your Prentice Hall representative for the User ID and Password to access this site.

Films for the Humanities and Sciences. A wealth of full-length videos from the extensive library of Films for the Humanities and Sciences, on a variety of topics in developmental psychology, are available to qualified adopters. Contact your Prentice Hall representative: for a list of videos.

ABC News/Prentice Hall Video Library. Consisting of brief segments from award-winning news programs such as Good Morning America, Nightline, 20/20 and World News Tonight, these videos discuss current issues and are a great way to launch your lectures.

  • NEW Issues in Child and Adolescent Development, 2002
  • Human Development, Series IV 1999

Online Course Management. For professors interested in using the Internet and online course management in their courses, Prentice Hall offers fully customizable online courses in BlackBoard and Pearson's Course Compass powered by B1ackBoard. Contact your Prentice Hall Representative or visit for more information.

For the Student:

NEW Prentice Hall's Observations in Child Development, Volume I by David Daniel. FREE when packaged with the text, this CD-ROM brings to life more than 30 key concepts discussed in the narrative of the text. Students get to view each video twice: once with an introduction to the concept being illustrated and again with commentary describing what is taking place at crucial points in the video. Students are then quizzed to test their understanding of what they just watched. Whether your course has an observation component or not, this CD-ROM provides your students the opportunity to see children in action.

Study Guide. Written by Carolyn Meyer, Lake-Sumter Community College, this study guide is designed to help students get the most out of the textbook. Each chapter of the Study Guide includes Learning Objectives, Key Names and Terms, a Pre-Test and PostTest, Programmed Review, Critical Thinking Questions and Answers.

Companion Website This free online Study Guide allows students to review each chapter's material, take practice tests, research topics for course projects and more.

NEW Prentice Hall Guide to Evaluating Online Resources: Psychology, 2003. This guide provides students with a hands-on introduction to the Internet, features numerous websites related to Psychology and gives students guidelines on how to evaluate online resources. Now with FREE access to ContentSelect, a customized research database for students of psychology. Created by Prentice Hall and EBSCO, the world leader in online journal subscription management, this site provides students access to the text of many peer-reviewed publications and popular periodicals in Psychology.

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