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Life-Span Development Loose Leaf – Nov 27 2012

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John W. Santrock received his Ph.D. from the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. He taught at the University of Charleston and the University of Georgia before joining the faculty at the University of Texas at Dallas. He has worked as a school psychologist and currently teaches educational psychology every year at the undergraduate level. In 2006, John received the University of Texas at Dallas Excellence in teaching award. His research has included publications in the Journal of Educational Psychology that focus on the contextual aspects of affectively-toned cognition and children's self-regulatory behavior as well as teachers' perceptions of children from divorced families. He has been a member of the editorial boards of Developmental Psychology and Child Development. His publications include these exceptional McGraw-Hill texts: Child Development, 13th Ed; Life-Span Development, 14th Edition; Adolescence, 14th Edition; Psychology, 7th Edition; and Educational Psychology, 4th Edition.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Too much info for a one-course textbook. March 1 2013
By the rose lady - Published on
Format: Loose Leaf
I have taken two classes where this book was used as the primary textbook:
1. Undergraduate - taught by Dr. Santrock himself: a pitiful class at UTD - Too much info for one semester, pompous instructor. Good lectures, informative, and well planned. Still, not a class I would recommend. And no, I don't have sour grapes. I passed the class with a B, while about 1/4 of the class dropped out, because of sheer frustration. My average at UTD was 3.75 and this class brought my grade average down.
2. Graduate - taught by a wonderful instructor who had to cut the material quite a bit to be able to teach it in one semester.
I realize this is a popular book, well-written and comprehensive, used by most major universities; yet, I maintain (and I am a teacher now myself) that the amount of info in this textbook is overwhelming for a one-semester class. Thus, it does not lend for effective and useful teaching.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Evaluating McGraw Hill's Decision to Cut Costs Aug. 6 2013
By Jean P - Published on
Format: Loose Leaf
I have used Santrock's texts in several editions. The books are loaded with content and research and have been of excellent quality. The publisher's decision to produce a 14th edition in a loose bound format coupled with smaller print on thinner paper stock is disappointing. This format detracts from the content, and the reduced quality of paper and printing render it a frail piece of merchandise. Will students actually be able to resell this ream of paper at the end of a term?
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
loose leaf book?!??!? July 9 2013
By Magen Martin - Published on
Format: Loose Leaf Verified Purchase
This is a required text book for my Developmental Psychology class. I will say the textbook's content seems to be fine and well organized... HOWEVER... Who's genius idea is a loose leaf text book?!?! The resale on this is going to take a bite out of this college student's pocket book.
16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Loose leaf? You've got to be kidding! Jan. 13 2013
By Jeff - Published on
Format: Loose Leaf
The publisher is too cheap to even bind the book and they charge students $168 for it? Unbelievable! Who ever heard of a loose leaf book? To keep it together it's necessary to buy a notebook separately, and that makes for a bulkier item to carry around. Content-wise it's relatively decent.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Good information June 10 2013
By Chantelle - Published on
Format: Loose Leaf Verified Purchase
This is one of the best lifespan books I have ever read but it is so dissapointing that it's not bound. For how expensive this book is, the spine should be bound.