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LifeSmart 1st Edition
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It is oversimplified. I am saddened that especially with a subject like psychology (which is highly narrative and anecdotal) we have sunk to the level of glossy magazine books because we are unable to stay focused enough to read actual high level text. We have to support it with "the latest trends in movies" and a retrospective on the characters from Twilight. Ugh.
It makes incredibly biased assumptions with statements like "findings say..." without supporting those findings with references. I would highly disagree with the book's statements on hospital births, the appropriate use of C-sections, the origins of classroom education, and (these are frequent) how everything in the end comes back to being poor. (and that's just up to chapter 7.) I agree that Hollywood has social influence on the reality of development. But that doesn't mean I should let them define my textbooks.
My urge to professors considering this text is to find a text that is more thorough and balanced, and allow your students to engage the ideas in the classroom, rather than allowing the book to communicate them in a "hip and social way" that is incredibly limited. Also, as a side note, it is clumsy on Kindle, for those who might be considering the digital version.
One of the best tools a teacher can use to help their students learn and understand is to activate a personal schema when teaching a subject. That is the process where the teacher gives the students a point of reference in their own lives to help the student relate to the new information. (ex: If a teacher is going to teach about recycling, s/he could ask their students what they know about, how it is used in their lives and if they recycle at home.) The ability for students to make a personal connection to the information being taught helps the students to stay engaged, helps them to understand and in turn, helps them to learn. This book perfectly executes this process. There are many current stories/sidebars and current events that truly help the reader to process the information.
Being an 'educated consumer' I recognize that the text is meant (as the title reads) for Exploring Human Development. And, as psychology certainly plays a significant role, and is addressed accordingly throughout the book, there are also many other factors to explore and this book does exactly that. There are FAR more factors than poverty, which is only referenced on two pages in a 350+ page book.Read more ›
Tip: do not rent it on Amazon, mine was probably were used by 100 people before me.
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I needed this for school but the book it self it very interesting and has a great deal of knowledge in it.Published 12 days ago by Jessica
It was a joy reading and very helpful for understanding the human lifespan. I liked all the pictures, colors, charts, and quotes.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I received the right book promptly. It really helped in studying for my class.Published 6 months ago by Charla Walker
Excellent expirence, the book looks great and has everything I need.Published 14 months ago by Laney Hembree