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LifeSmart 1st Edition

4 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
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About the Author

Lisa B. Fiore, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor and Director of Early Childhood Education at Lesley University. She primarily teaches graduate students preparing to be early childhood and elementary educators, but also enjoys working with in-service teachers around professional development. Recent interests include the use of documentation to extend and enhance learning environments, and the use of rich media in classroom teaching. The mother of two young children, she is reminded daily of the competence and curiosity of young people, and how much grown-ups have to learn about the way things work. She has written several books, the most recent The Safe Child Handbook with co-author John Dacey.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (October 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780078035241
  • ISBN-13: 978-0078035241
  • ASIN: 0078035244
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book looks, and reads, just like a magazine. It is very well-written and spans almost every aspect of human development possible. There are many areas that are not dealt with in huge amounts of detail, but it serves as a great start to people just beginning to learn about development. Vivid pictures, informative sidebar comments, and engaging layout make this a great alternative to the traditional (boring) textbook.
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Easy book to study, love the examples and the explanations of concepts. I got an A on the class I use it for. I highly recommend, as long as you don't try to resell it back it comes on paperback. I would recommend you RENTED from AMAZON, its cheaper than Barnes & Nobles and I found the terms are even better.
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I think this textbook is terrible. Most of you reading this (myself included) will be required to get it for the course you are taking, and have no voice in whether or not it is used. (I have submitted these same comments directly to my university.)

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.
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It was more than perfect, and arrived in great condition. Thank you so much for taking the time and making the simple effort in sending this off to me. This too, I got an "A" for in my LifeSpan & Development class for. WooHoo!
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Shallow information on a wide variety of information only suitable as a college textbook for a general requirement course. Lots of annoying awkward sentences. Many pictures throughout the book that seem to have no purpose and no captions for the pictures to provide context.
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This book was a purchase I made for a course while pursuing my Masters in Elementary Education. The book was one of the texts for a course in Development & Learning. I'm not sure what a previous reviewer was so offended by, but I could not disagree more with their review. This book is well written, well thought out, and delivers the information in a format that is not only user friendly, but keeps the reader engaged with relevant, current information/statistics/graphs/photographs/stories/website links.

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.
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By ketuh on February 10, 2013
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I tried canceling this item three or four times I didn't even think I would have enough money to buy this book. There was absolutely NO communication and after a week of trying to cancel it the company sent me an email saying my item had been shipped however, I did not want it shipped I wanted it canceled and they would not respond to my cancelling which made me very upset. The book was exactly how it described but these people have HORRIBLE communication skills. Overall NOT happy!
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Great book, very simple and feels like you are reading a magazine instead of a textbook.
Tip: do not rent it on Amazon, mine was probably were used by 100 people before me.
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