9780072321890: Human Development

A survey of human development from the prenatal period through to late adulthood. As in previous editions, the work utilizes multidisciplinary examples and research to convey the breadth and complexity of the study of lifespan development in a chronological format. Vander Zanden draws material from psychology, biology, sociology and anthropology in order to apply and explicate the myriad of developmental issues that confront us throughout everyday life. Critical and creative thinking is encouraged to avoid the dilemma of rote memorization. In this new edition, there is greater cross-cultural coverage throughout the text, and information on gender and minority issues is integrated in several sections. The book features new coverage of important findings in lifespan development such as: AIDS in children and adults, Carol Gilligan's research on self-estemm in adolescent girls, genetic screening and counselling, AIDS and drug babies, language acquisition, and so on. There is also new, practical and informative boxed material on real-life applications.

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Innovative Pedagogical Learning System new to this edition helps students build upon their knowledge as they move through each chapter and test their mastery of the text content. Components include:
Guideposts are learning objectives stated as broad overview questions to help students begin the chapter thinking about specific ideas and issues. Guideposts are repeated in the chapter margins next to the corresponding text discussion and again at the end of the chapter for student review.
Checkpoints are questions that appear periodically within the text to help students check their mastery of the material.
What do you think? give students the opportunity to answer questions geared to help them personalize the important and relevant topics and issues in each chapter.
Link-ups To Look For open each Part in the text and provide examples of connections between domains in each period of life.
Key Terms are defined in the margins for each student review.
Independent Study appear at the end of each chapter and give students ideas for conducting basic psychological research and structured application of chapter theory.
Text Design has been completely replaced with an open, colorful, one-column design.
Important Content Changes include the devision of chapter 1 into two separate chapters, the first introduces the history of the field and context, while the second focuses on research methods and theories.
Expanded and Improved cross cultural and multicultural coverage
Streamlined number of boxes focus on relevant developmental issues - cross-cultural vignettes in Window on the World boxes include topics such as "Fatherhood in Three Cultures"; real-life applications of research and theory like "How reliable is eyewitness testimony of children" in Practically Speaking boxes; and deeper explorations into important topics like "Human Cloning" in Digging Deeper boxes.
A personal, dynamic writing style appeals to students of all ages and backgrounds. Complex issues and topics in human development are clearly explained and illustrated throughout the text.
An even handed treatment of all stages of the life-span, including strong coverage of adult development and aging, results in a balanced textbook without bias.
An extensive supplement package that includes, in addition to standard student and instructor resources, a Presentation Manager CD-ROM, Web based interactive study guide, and videotapes commissioned specifically for the text.

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