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Exploring Lifespan Development (2nd Edition) 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0205748594
ISBN-10: 0205748597
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This shorter, essentials version of Berk's best-sellingDevelopment Through the Lifespan, 5/e, covers the same topics and contains the same number of chapters, but presents only the essential information with an exceptionally strong emphasis on applications.Exploring Lifespan Developmentincludes all the features Berk's texts are known for: Engaging writing style, exceptional cross-cultural focus, rich examples, the most up-to-date research, and practical applications that help students relate the subject to their personal and professional lives.

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 most recently 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 chapter on development for The Many Faces of Psychological Research in the Twenty-First Century (Society for the Teaching of Psychology); 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).

 

    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 Allyn and Bacon. 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 central region advisory board of Jumpstart, a nonprofit organization that provides one-to-one 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

  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 2 edition (February 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205748597
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205748594
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.9 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read a review that said this 2nd edition is the same as the cheap 1st edition only pictures were changed but it was just one person review and I didn't want to risk it. I always try to buy a book online ahead of time, so I don't have to pay 4 times more at the university book store.
I went ahead and purchased the 2nd edition. Then I downloaded the 1st edition for free. I opened the 2nd edition book and the 1st edition downloaded book, went chapter by chapter - THEY ARE IDENTICAL. Word-to-word! All the titles of the chapters - it's all the same. Yes, the pictures/photographs may vary but all the charts and the text did not change. So, save yourself money. You can buy the 1st edition for about ten bucks or download it for free.
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This is a fairly decent text for human development. Each age group explores physical, emotional and mental development using some widely acknowledged theories such as Vygotsky and Piaget. Each is broken down to a level that is easily comprehensible even for someone who has not taken previous psychology courses. My main complaint is that the author also uses the book as her personal soapbox and expresses her personal views as fact. She seems to be pretty liberal in most things so if you're liberal you would probably have no issues with what she says. But, putting that aside, the book seems fairly decent for a beginning level college course.
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This might be news to some folks, but this is really just a rehash of the 1st edition. The pictures are different, perhaps a bit more G-rated in comparison to the original. For example, Chapter 3 discusses effects of teratogens (mutating/ deforming substances)on a human fetus. The charts are the same, the discussion is the same, but the photos of the children born with these defects have been updated. The 2nd edition features a mother and daughter reading a book, the little girl has one finger. The 1st edition has a boy who is facing forward, has short limbs, missing one arm. So far, I can say edition 1 seems to be a bit more intense. Not for the faint of heart, there are some fairly sad pictures in there, yet ultimately it is the same book.

Overall, if you are taking a Human Development class online and need a Pearson access code, be careful! The item being sold here IS JUST THE TEXTBOOK! I had to return this textbook and Amazon promptly refunded me my $112.

The thing is, save yourself the hassle and buy the 1st edition for $10 from a used seller here, the online access code from the Pearson website is a whopping $77 (that's a chunk of change if you are a student!) but in the end you wind up saving about $25!
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This book is almost identical to the 3rd edition. The only difference is pictures used for illustration and the book cover. The text is the same, word-for-word. Buying the second version was a wonderful way to save money as a student. Not to mention, getting perfect or nearly perfect scores on quizzes and assignments!
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This book is great. The formatting and layout of this book is one of the best I have had. It is an easy read and very easy to follow; not like a lot of textbooks that seem to overcomplicate subject matter. Anyone taking a Human Development or Psychological Development class would find this book irreplaceable. I rented this book, but found it so usefule that I am currently looking to buy it as it provides information that is useful in so many other psychology classes.
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"Exploring Lifespan Development" is formatted to facilitate study without interfering with the "readability" of the text. I appreciate the depth of coverage as well as the complete list of references and study aids included with the text.
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Michael Britt had me interested in psychology from his podcast so I began a class in Developmental Psychology. This book is hard to put down, which is surprising for a textbook; I find that much of the information can be incorporated in explaining and understanding things that happen around us daily, everything from religious views, politics, and career choices.
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At first I thought this was a ridiculously cheap way to profit off a book. But I have no idea why this was never done before. It is so handy to take a chapter at a time and not the whole book. I bought my A&P book like this too. The only downside I see is the hole punches tearing, but reinforcements are cheap and I just keep some handy in the folder pocket.
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