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A Student's Guide to Developmental Psychology [Paperback]

Margaret Harris , Gert Westermann

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Oct. 16 2014 1848720173 978-1848720176

This major new undergraduate textbook provides students with everything they need when studying developmental psychology.

Guiding students through the key topics, the book provides both an overview of traditional research and theory as well as an insight into the latest research findings and techniques. Taking a chronological approach, the key milestones from birth to adolescence are highlighted and clear links between changes in behaviour and developments in brain activity are made. Each chapter also highlights both typical and atypical developments, as well as discussing and contrasting the effects of genetic and environmental factors.

The book contains a wealth of pedagogical features to help students engage with the material, including:

  • Learning objectives for every chapter
  • Key term definitions
  • Over 100 colour illustrations
  • Chapter summaries
  • Further reading
  • Suggested essay questions.

A Student’s Guide to Developmental Psychology is supported by a companion website, featuring a range of helpful supplementary resources including exclusive video clips to illustrate key developmental concepts.

This book is essential reading for all undergraduate students of developmental psychology. It will also be of interest to those in education, healthcare and other subjects requiring an up-to-date and accessible overview of child development.

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"This is a child development text that students will actually read. Rather than the standard textbook that is too heavy in more than one sense, this book presents key studies in developmental psychology in a manner that is as engaging as a detective story; just as science should be. As well as up-to-date and interesting information on all aspects of child development, A Student’s Guide teaches methodology almost surreptitiously, through its thoughtful critiques of studies, comparisons between competing interpretations and demonstrations of how new research paradigms can expand and modify previous work. The emphasis on the latest contributions to our knowledge of child and adolescent development through new techniques in neuropsychology, genetics and computer modelling make this very much a book of the 21st century, as does the resultant rebalancing of the nature-nurture debate to emphasise the importance of ‘nature in context’. – Susan Moore, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

"A Student’s Guide to Developmental Psychology" offers fresh perspectives on theories of developmental psychology. Taking an evolutionary standpoint, the text navigates the various domains of human development – from infancy to adolescence – in the most comprehensive fashion. It contains abundant solid scientific evidence and presents alternative views from many great minds." Li-fang Zhang, The University of Hong Kong

"This book is really refreshing in style and scope. It covers a large range of developmental science well. It presents developmental psychology as a scientific discipline and provides useful, current empirical examples, which students will appreciate. … It is very well-written and the material is interesting and useful. The authors have a friendly, engaging style. It reads like someone is telling you why developmental psychology is interesting and valuable over coffee (not like someone is lecturing you)." – Jessica Horst, University of Sussex, UK

"This book will guide students of Developmental Psychology through the key theories and methodological approaches that have advanced our understanding of human development  from the prenatal stages to the challenges of adolescence. Students will find this a useful resource with a comprehensive and authoritative coverage of child development." – Deborah Riby, Durham University, UK

"This book provides students with a well-researched, well-organised introduction to current issues in developmental psychology. It is written in an engaging and thought-provoking manner that will get the reader reanalysing many of their previously-held opinions about current research in the field. In other words, precisely what you need to get students in the habit of questioning accepted dogma."Nivedita Mani, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany

"This highly topical text begins by asking the big questions in developmental psychology. Organized by age rather than topic, each chapter then proceeds to address the major questions and ideas in the field via the latest research with infants, children and adolescents. Key theories and study methods are made interesting and research is brought to life with good use of photos, figures, and stories." – Karen Waldie, University of Auckland, New Zealand

"From infancy to adolescence, Harris and Westermann skilfully introduce the major developmental events at each stage. Important topics, such as brain development, are discussed at each of the chronological period to ensure continuity. Many students read psychology because of its perceived relevance to a better understanding of human behaviour and of themselves. They are sometimes discouraged when they find out that much of that understanding is obtained through laborious studies and the use of careful statistical methods. Worse still, they have to learn those methods themselves! Harris and Westermann provide a gentle introduction to the discipline that helps demystify and, more importantly, reinforces the importance of the discipline."Kerry Lee, National Institute of Education, Singapore

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