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Development Through the Lifespan, Books a la Carte Edition (6th Edition) 6th Edition

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Again, you have written one of the best textbooks I have ever reviewed.  You do a great job of using research-based material, provide clear statements describing complicated issues, provide useful summaries, and write in a way that enhances student interest and learning.  In fact, I would suggest that faculty using your text end up learning even more than the students who read the book.

Dale Lund, California State University, San Bernardino

 

The writing style is extremely fluid, easy to read, and engaging.

Cheryl Anagnopoulos, Black Hills State University

 

Diversity and multicultural coverage is a REAL strength of the text.

Aurora Sherman, (Oregon State University

 

The research is absolutely current, relevant, and well-integrated throughout the text.

Lori Bica, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire

 

I think students need stories to serve as frameworks for thinking about developmental concepts, and this text provides that.

Mary Ann Erickson, Ithaca College

 

Laura Berk has included more diversity content (in both regular text and various boxes) than in any other comparable text. Bravo for Berk.

Tracie Blumentritt, (University of Wisconsin La Crosse

About the Author

Laura E. Berk is a distinguished professor of psychology at Illinois State University, where she has taught human development to both undergraduate and graduate students for more than three decades. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and her master’s and doctoral degrees in child development and educational psychology from the University of Chicago.  She has been a visiting scholar at Cornell University, UCLA, Stanford University, and the University of South Australia.

 

    Berk has published widely on the effects of school environments on children’s development, the development of private speech, and the role of make-believe play in development. Her research has been funded by the U.S. Office of Education and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. It has appeared in many prominent journals, including Child Development, Developmental Psychology, Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, Development and Psychopathology, and Early Childhood Research Quarterly. Her empirical studies have attracted the attention of the general public, leading to contributions to Psychology Today and Scientific American.  She has also been featured on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition and in Parents Magazine, Wondertime, and Reader’s Digest.

 

    Berk has served as a research editor for Young Children and a consulting editor for Early Childhood Research Quarterly. Currently, she is an associate editor for the Journal of Cognitive Education and Psychology. She is a frequent contributor to edited volumes on early childhood development, having recently authored chapters on the importance of parenting, on make-believe play and self-regulation, and on the kindergarten child. She has also written the article on social development for The Child: An Encyclopedic Companion; the article on Vygotsky for the Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science; and the chapter on storytelling as a teaching strategy for Voices of Experience: Memorable Talks from the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology (Association for Psychological Science).  She is the coauthor of the forthcoming chapter on make-believe play and self-regulation in the Sage Handbook of Play in Early Childhood.

 

    Berk’s books include Private Speech: From Social Interaction to Self-Regulation; Scaffolding Children’s Learning: Vygotsky and Early Childhood Education; Landscapes of Development: An Anthology of Readings; and A Mandate for Playful Learning in Preschool: Presenting the Evidence. In addition to Exploring Lifespan Development, she is author of the best-selling texts Child Development and Infants, Children, and Adolescents, and Development Through the Lifespan published by Pearson. Her book for parents and teachers is Awakening Children’s Minds: How Parents and Teachers Can Make a Difference.

 

    Berk is active in work for children’s causes. In addition to service in her home community, she is a member of the national board of directors and chair of the Chicago advisory board of Jumpstart, a nonprofit organization that provides intensive literacy intervention to thousands of low-income preschoolers across the United States, using college and university students as interveners. Berk is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, Division 7: Developmental Psychology.

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Product Details

  • Loose Leaf: 864 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 6 edition (August 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205958699
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205958696
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 1.1 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (213 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kaila on January 16, 2015
Format: Hardcover
I ordered the fifth edition to save money (before asking my professor if it was acceptable). Then, my professor suggested to buy this new version, so I did. I compared the 5th and 6th edition. So far, the only things I have noticed were: different pictures, a few statistic numbers changed (not much), and a few different citations. The publisher says there are about 2,000 new citations, but they just changed the names and have the exact same words, so it does not make a difference. Pictures may have changed, but the captions are almost exactly the same in both editions. So if you don't mind a few, different statistic numbers and would like to save money, get the fifth edition. I am now going to return the new edition.
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If you need this for a class, save your money and rent this book, unless you want it for future use. This book does a decent job of basically covering the human lifespan, but is not worth the $160 price tag.
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I was not very happy with my purchase. This is because I did not recieve everything that I was under the impression of purchasing. When the title of your purchase says "Develpment Across the Lifespan (With MyDevelopmentLab with E-Book student access code card", that is what I expect to get, and I needed all of that for my class. I only recieved the book and no access code, therefore was not able to access the online material. I was also not happy with the fact that I had no one to contact about this problem, and had no choice but to keep the book. Overall, this was a very disappointing purchase.
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I'm an instructor having taught Human Growth and Development for 6 years. Our school switched to this book this fall. I found the text hard to read and important theory is lost among endless research references. My nursing students have to reorganize notations in order to prep for the NCLEx with this book. Powerpoints did not highlight theoritical information.

Test bank is cumbersome -- comes in a pdf which is useless if you're trying to create a test for use within you school's online environment. I had to purchase the Adobe pdf converter to create a word document. With no test generator included for instructors, I had to resort to "CUT AND PASTE" to produce a paper exam. You might wonder who uses paper exams -- a lot of colleges do.

The mydevelopment lab comes with an ebook and interactive virtual child, which was a fun tool, but students had a HORRIBLE time logging in and enrolling. NOTE: When a person must "click" 3+ times to get where they want to go--they won't use the product.
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Laura Berk's first and last chapters are tear jerkers. I very much appreciated her personal stories about her family and her experiences with Lifespan Development. However, the book is extremely lengthy, filled with research references containing arguments and counter-arguments, with the forest often being lost to an emphasis on the trees. I am reading the entire textbook to myself and into an audio recorder, which is how I study difficult material. Each chapter is 3-4 hours worth of tape and there are 19 chapters in this 6th Edition. I am not quite done. But, I would say that, for ordinary students taking more than one class, 60 - 70 hours of reading is a bit much for one semester. In a more general comment about 2014 textbooks, and Pearson in particular, I would explain that without some questions and answers for review, it is impossible to self-gauge retention in such a mammoth work. My instructor and University does not require (or even, in some ways permit) purchase of the online NewDevelopmentLab, so I am at a loss to exercise my memory and application muscles. We are breeding a generation of scholars who cannot recall what they have read because Publishers and authors don't share questions and answers on the material they teach. The profit motive dominates every aspect of education and scholarship, I am afraid.
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Great book, easy to understand and read. I really like the a la Carte editions in my text books, because they allow me to put them into my own binders. This makes it much easier to keep my notes together with my book. The only issue that I was the description on Amazon. It makes it sound like you get the bonus card when you order the book. I would like to see that reworded. However the customer service rep that helped me was very nice and gave me a small credit for my trouble. Way to go Amazon in treating your customers right!!
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I needed this book for a class, and was afraid it would be boring. Instead, I find it quite informative and interesting. It's been 25 years since I studied this stuff, so it was a good all-in-one for me. The shipping was quick, and I really like the loose-leaf style! Who needs a hardback anyway? Definitely worth the nice, inexpensive price! Will buy loose-leaf any time I have that option.
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This is one of the best textbooks that I have read. It is clear and easy to understand. There are lots of short stories, pictures, diagrams, ect. It is fun to read and it's a textbook. The book does a great job of making the definitions easy to find and understand.
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