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Infants, Children, and Adolescents 3rd Edition

4.3 out of 5 stars 111 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0387473192
ISBN-10: 0205314287
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"As always, Berk provides a comprehensive discussion of developmental issues. What I appreciate is that the text provides good coverage of areas that are often neglected by other texts (especially applied developmental issues)." — Debbie Laible, Southern Methodist University

"Making theories useful and fun to discuss is a chore, but Berk continues to make these user-friendly and applicable to the real world." — F. Richard Ferraro, University of North Dakota

"The writing in this edition is very clear, interesting and engaging. The level is perfect for my students. The explanations are appropriate, relevant, and clear. The examples are interesting and understandable. There are plenty of illustrations, photographs and review suggestions that guide the students toward success." — Sara Lawrence, California State University, Northridge

"We have used this text in our department for this course for several years now, just because it works. The students appear to like it, and they find it challenging and useful." — Colin T. William, Columbus State Community College

"I feel that one of the best compliments a student can give a text is to say 'I am not going to resell this book at the end of the semester — I am going to keep it as a reference book.' I hear this comment frequently from my students who use the Berk text." "The clarity and level of writing, the timeliness of the material, and the organization of the material make the text student-friendly." — Martin Marino, Atlantic Cape Community College

"The writing level of this text is exemplary! The integration of research findings and "plain language" explanations allows the students to interact seamlessly with the text." ". . . a wonderfully comprehensive and intelligent resource." — Matthew DiCintio, Delaware County Community College

"Probably one the greatest strengths of chapter 14 is the level at which it is written. . . . with the experience of a child developmental specialist, but not so technical that the students would be lost in jargon." "Berk combines the latest relevant research without making the text read like a science book." — Sandra Hellyer, Butler University

"Berk's text provides preservice teachers and others preparing to work with young children and their families a solid grounding upon which to base their work. It deserves a place on students' bookshelves throughout their careers as a basic reference." — Nancy Freeman, University of South Carolina

"I adopted the text because of the quality of writing and coverage of topics I feel are critical in developmental psychology." — Ron Craig, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

"I find the text to be very up-to-date and packed with research. Along with Berk's writing style, I continue to come back to her text." "I find Berk does a good job linking areas of development together which is a major emphasis of this course. I think the vignettes at the beginning of each chapter are helpful here." "I particularly like the links made between theory and education as this is the major application of the theories and provides the 'so what' part of developmental research. I try to get students understand why this research is important and how we apply it the real world. This is also why I like the boxes in each chapter - 'Applying What We Know.'" — Lisa Huffman, Ball State University

"I particularly appreciate Berk's inclusion of multicultural perspectives. It is important to help students, particularly those who are just beginning their professional preparation, to put what we know about young children and their development into a cultural context. This text does that masterfully with words AND with pictures." — Nancy Freeman, University of South Carolina

"I really enjoyed the writing style used by the author. I particularly liked the way that the story from the beginning of the chapter was woven throughout all the sections of each chapter. In addition, using the same characters in subsequent chapters really pulled together the links between developmental domains." — Lynn Caruso, Seneca College, Canada

"Writing Style: Fabulous! Information in these chapters is consistently presented in a clear, concise style. The reader is very much 'involved' in the material. This is achieved through the use of active language. . ." — Deb Gural, Red River College, Canada

"I think if a student feels the material he will know it. The value of the Ask Yourself sections is monumental." "The thing that I am most impressed with is the examples the author uses. I found that often I had new insights in to child development issues even though I have been teaching and working in the field for years. These insights were so well thought out that I think that they would be very helpful students when learning the material." — John Prange, Irvine Valley College

"The author's writing style is very engrossing. She is exceptionally accomplished in her knowledge of developmental psychology. I think her writing will be easy for my students to follow." — Algea Harrison, Oakland University

"At all times, Berk seems to make a real effort to keep the style clear and uncluttered. The use of unnecessary technical terms is avoided yet the key words/phrases that are needed to really describe the topic are there." — David Lockwood, Humber College, Canada

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From the Back Cover

From before birth through early childhood, there is much emphasis on the biological influences which govern a child's development. The formative years are marked by a focus on health, nutrition, and milestones. But by the time children are making the transition from childhood to adolescence, the concern of most caregivers shifts primarily to the child's environment. Who does s/he socialize with? How does s/he perform in school? Laura Berk, renowned professor, researcher and authority in the field of child development, has updated this best-selling child development book with a heightened emphasis on these combined influences of biology and environment in child development. In her signature storytelling style, Berk presents for each section a "cast of characters" based on real children and families, artfully using these characters and their "stories" to illustrate the sequence and processes of child development. In addition to its engaging style, this book provides numerous vignettes to engage readers and foster real-life connections. Milestone tables summarize major physical, cognitive, language, and emotional and social developments for each age span. Treatment of social, cultural, and biological issues -- such as poverty, ethics in research, public policy, and the interplay of biology and environment -- and their impact on child development has been expanded, along with issues of family diversity, such as adoptive families, single-parent families, blended families, and parental employment.

Psychologists, child care workers, educators, and parents. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon; 3rd edition (November 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205314287
  • ISBN-13: 978-0387473192
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 8.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,063,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a Forensic Psychologist I use this text and recommend it to clients to better understand and appreciate the psycho-developmental needs of their children. Of particular interest to most of those parents are the diverse tables which clarify the expected and unique behaviors of children by age group. This provides those parents with a guide book to assist them in child rearing through age 18. That reference material not only facilitates the parent's understanding of the needs of the child, but also better prepares more effective parenting skills and preparation for developmental issues which are significant in custody and visitation (or access) legal questions. Parents have reported developing a feeling of confidence since they are using scientific data in making parenting decisiions. Legal authorities -- judges and attorneys -- have felt more confident in their recommendations, opinions, and decisions which are based upon evidence. -- Swen Helge, Ph.D.
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I bought this book for a class; psychology is something I dread and have a difficult time reading psych textbooks. This book, however, is easy to read. I like the stories at beginning of each chapter; it sets up what the author will be discussing throughout the chapter nicely.
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The book is well written and very interesting. I don't mind reading it unlike other textbooks. Was a little nervous about it not getting it in the mail before my class started, but it did get shipped and delivered right on time.
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Purchased as a text book for my daughter in college. She stated that she an immense amount about child development. Furthermore, the research provided in this book is up to date and very well structured. She has held onto this book for use in post-college professional career.
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I am SO glad I got this book. I'm in graduate school and it just so happened that we are using this book! Berk's style of writing makes it easy to understand and it's an excellent resource if you are going into psychology and want to know all about from conception to high school children. Couldn't be happier with the purchase, and even though its an older edition; it's still current enough for me to use in class.
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I have used this book for other college classes, it is a bit dated now.

I would like to see a newer version, as much of this is now been added to in some cases of theory, research, and reviews.
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Hi,

I love how the book divides the development of human beings by age, physical development, socio-emotional development, and cognitive development. I also love how the important words are highlighted.
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This textbook contains extremely dense chapters that reference so many different views, and never really holds to a specific perspective. The reader is often left confused as to what to really take away from each chapter. It spends an abundance of time on infant development and very little time truly drawing any connection to something resembling Psychology, or something that will be useful to a Psychology major. It might be useful for someone planning to go into early childhood education, but Psychology in this content is truly lacking; and combined with the extremely long chapters that often flip-flop between other people's takes, you never really comprehend what you are supposed to truly gain from the chapter. By each chapter's end, you find yourself cheated of time and no more knowledgeable then when you began. I'm still not sure what concepts and perspectives I was supposed to take away from this textbook, and I was looking forward to this course.
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