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Experience Human Development, 12th Edition 12th Edition

4.3 out of 5 stars 108 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 858-9920000007
ISBN-10: 0078035147
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About the Author

As a professor, Diane E. Papalia has taught thousands of undergraduates at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received her bachelor’s degree, majoring in psychology, from Vassar College and both her master’s degree in child development and family relations and her Ph.D. in life-span developmental psychology from West Virginia University. She has published numerous articles in such professional journals as Human Development, International Journal of Aging and Human Development, Sex Roles, Journal of Experimental Child Psychology and Journal of Gerontology. Most of these papers have dealt with her major research focus, cognitive development from childhood through old age.

Ruth Duskin Feldman is an award-winning writer and educator. With Diane E. Papalia and Sally Wendkos Olds, she coauthored the fourth and the seventh through the twelfth editions of Human Development and the eighth through the twelfth editions of A Child's World. She also is coauthor, with Dr. Papalia, Harvey Sterns and Cameron J. Camp, of Adult Development and Aging. A former teacher, she has developed educational materials for all levels from elementary school through college and has prepared ancillaries to accompany the Papalia-Olds books. She is author or coauthor of four books addressed to general readers, including Whatever Happened to the Quiz Kids? Perils and Profits of Growing Up Gifted. She has written for numerous newspapers and magazines and has lectured extensively and made national and local media appearances throughout the United States on education and gifted children. She received her bachelor's degree from Northwestern University, where she was graduated with highest distinction and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 800 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 12th edition (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0078035147
  • ISBN-13: 978-0078035142
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 1.3 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
For whatever reason, my campus bookstore does not sell the paperback version of this book. Even renting it from my bookstore was more expensive than just buying this book from this seller. I had another student ask where I got it. There is NOTHING different between this book and the hardback version the other students have in my class. Page numbers are the same, word-for-word everything is the same. The seller even rushed the shipping at no additional cost to me when I wrote to them that I needed it for a class. All in all, a happy purchase.
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I made the mistake of renting this textbook from apex_media in an attempt to save money. It seemed like a great idea since renting was only $51.75 as compared to $136.99 for purchase. Unfortunately the copy they sent me had been heavily used and the binding began to come apart by the end of the semester. This text was for an online course so it was never transported in a book bag or mishandled in any way. There was nothing I could do because it was past the 30 day return window when it started coming apart. After my class was completed I promptly returned the text. Now I have received an email from Amazon notifying me that I have been charged an additional $171.30 and they are sending the book back to me. Not only have I been forced to buy a book I no longer need, but I have been charged $223.05 for a used book that I could have gotten new for $136.99! I really wish this would have worked out considering that I will need over $700 worth of textbooks for next semester. Now I know it is better to buy and resale than try and rent from Amazon.
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The textbook itself is great however the digital version is just a copy and therefore you cannot change the size of the font, which is very smAll. It was a struggle to read for my class each week and would not recommend the kindle version of this book.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I don't often write reviews on textbooks but for this one, I'm making the exception.
I really hate this book. Not only is it drawn out and pretty jumbled up, making the chapters 60 pages long on average, it's also incredibly difficult to find ANYTHING in this book. This is my primary problem. In my Developmental Psychology class, a lot of our quizzes and tests are open-book BECAUSE the chapters are so long. But they are also timed; you get roughly 1 minute and 30 seconds per question to answer. Using the book often ends up being more of a hindrance than a help because the index in this book is complete and utter crap. Like I have never seen a more worse index in any other textbook in my life. There are vague things in the index that never should've been there and there are specific things that SHOULD be there but aren't so before you know it, you've wasted 3 minutes searching for an answer and you start a race to play catch-up.

If you have to get this book for a class, take my advice and just rent it so you don't waste too much of your money on this dumb product.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Only after having this book for less than a month it has fallen apart. It has completely come apart on it binding and more than 3/4 of the book is no longer attached to the binding. I am very disappointed in the durability of this book and it has become a hasel trying to get it together.
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This textbook was required for my Human Development course for school. We didn't use the book much in class, but when we had homework from the textbook I was able to find the answers with no problems.
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The book is excellent, the only problem I am facing is that my psychology teacher uses definitions for some of the key terms from another psychology book as a source when she is giving us the exams. My self and some other students are thinking to talk to the teacher about the issue, since the teacher said at the beginning of the class to look for the definitions of these key terms on the back of this book I rented from you guys.

So going back to the book, I like it and it is very informative. I also found some of the notes and highlighted topics probably from one of the students who rented it before me.
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Diego Urena
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Format: Hardcover
It hurt me to pay this much money for this book because I am student and don't have that much money. When I got it I was very disappointed because it looks old. I expect my books to last for long time and be part of my library for later reference. The cover of this book came already with tears between the cover and the first page. The first few pages are wrinkled and yellowish. If I would have ordered an used book that I was made aware of the condition of the book and I had agreed to buy it for much cheaper, then I would not be complaining, but for the amount I paid for this book, I expected it to be brand new with not even a scratch!
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