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ESSENTIALS OF HUMAN DEVELOPMENT: A LIFE-SPAN VIEW fills the need for a shorter text that emphasizes the essential, defining features of modern research and theory in human development. Using a modified chronological approach and emphasizing the biopsychosocial framework, the text provides: a streamlined, readable account of human development across the life span; conceptual foundations that enable students to become educated and critical interpreters of developmental information; and an introduction to relevant research and its application to important issues in life-span development. Among the most important aspects of this book is its integration of pedagogical features, designed to help students maximize their learning. In addition, the text emphasizes the application of human development research across diverse professional settings, making it ideal for students who are pursuing a career related not just to psychology but to other areas, such as education, health, and human sciences--be it as a nurse, physician, educator, psychologist, social worker, speech-language therapist, or others. These students are often particularly eager to see how human development research can allow them to work more effectively with future patients, students, or clients, and ESSENTIALS OF HUMAN DEVELOPMENT answers the call. Succinct and filled with real-life examples, this text will capture your students' interest while introducing them to the essential issues, forces, and outcomes that make us who we are. Available with InfoTrac® Student Collections

Robert V. Kail, Purdue University

Robert V. Kail is Distinguished Professor of Psychological Sciences at Purdue University. His undergraduate degree is from Ohio Wesleyan University and his Ph.D. is from the University of Michigan. Dr. Kail is editor of Child Development Perspectives and editor emeritus of Psychological Science. He received the McCandless Young Scientist Award from the American Psychological Association, was named the Distinguished Sesquicentennial Alumnus in Psychology by Ohio Wesleyan University, is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, and is an honorary professor at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. He is also author of CHILDREN AND THEIR DEVELOPMENT and SCIENTIFIC WRITING FOR PSYCHOLOGY. His research focuses on cognitive development during childhood and adolescence.

John C. Cavanaugh, Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area

John C. Cavanaugh is President and CEO of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area. Previously, he served as chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and as president of the University of West Florida. Dr. Cavanaugh received his undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware and his Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Gerontological Society of America, and has served as president of the Adult Development and Aging Division (Division 20) of the APA. He is also author (with the late Fredda Blanchard-Fields) of ADULT DEVELOPMENT AND AGING. His research interests in gerontology concern family caregiving as well as the role of beliefs in older adults' cognitive performance.
  • The text follows a chronological approach, with coverage that is evenly divided among adolescence, adulthood, and aging to provide a richer and more complete description of human development. The text also adopts the biopsychosocial framework to organize and tie themes together.
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  • Linking Research to Life boxes show how findings from research can be used to improve human development throughout the life span.
  • Spotlight on Research boxes highlight a specific study discussed in the text, helping students understand the science and scope of life-span development.
  • Real People: Applying Human Development boxes illustrate how a development issue is manifested in the life of a real person.
  • Human Development in Action features (in the margins) encourage students to imagine themselves in a specific professional setting and to apply knowledge of human development to a specific problem.
  • Learning Objectives, followed by brief vignettes, open the major sections in each chapter. Each major section is numbered for easy assignment and concludes with concept-reinforcing Test Yourself sections (with answers provided upside down for immediate feedback).
  • Summaries are organized around the Learning Objectives, reinforcing key concepts.
  • Up-to-date findings and references introduce students to the perspectives of those who are currently shaping the field and those who pioneered it. The inclusion of many diversity examples makes the material appealing to the broadest possible range of students. In addition, a diversity and neuroscience index precedes chapter 1 in the book.
  • Integrated pedagogical features are designed to help students maximize their learning. In addition, key terms appear in colorized boldface type when introduced, making it easier for students to locate them as they study and review.
1. The Study of Human Development.
2. Biological Foundations: Heredity, Prenatal Development, and Birth.
3. Tools for Exploring the World: Physical, Perceptual, and Motor Development in Infancy and Early Childhood.
4. The Emergence of Thought and Language: Cognitive Development in Infancy and Early Childhood.
5. Entering the Social World: Socioemotional Development in Infancy and Early Childhood.
6. Off to School: Cognitive and Physical Development in Middle Childhood.
7. Expanding Social Horizons: Socioemotional Development in Middle Childhood.
8. Rites of Passage: Physical and Cognitive Development in Adolescence.
9. Moving into the Adult Social World: Socioemotional Development in Adolescence.
10. Becoming an Adult: Physical, Cognitive and Personality Development in Early Adulthood.
11. Being With Others: Forming Relationships in Young and Middle Adulthood.
12. Work: Occupational and Lifestyle Issues in Young and Middle Adulthood.
13. Making It in Midlife: The Unique Challenges of Middle Adulthood.
14. The Personal Context of Later Life: Physical, Cognitive, and Mental Health Issues.
15. Social Aspects of Later Life: Psycho-social, Retirement, Relationship, and Societal Issues.
16. The Final Passage: Dying and Bereavement.

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Online Instructor's Resource Manual

ISBN: 9781305871113
Streamline and maximize the effectiveness of your course preparation using such resources as brief chapter outlines, chapter summaries, extensively detailed chapter lecture outlines, lecture suggestions, video suggestions, and creative lecture and teaching suggestions. This manual also contains student learning objectives, key terms, essay/discussion questions, student activities, discussion exercises, and Internet exercises.

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ISBN: 9781305871120
These vibrant Microsoft® PowerPoint® lecture slides for each chapter assist you with your lecture by providing concept coverage using images, figures, and tables directly from the textbook.

Cengage Learning Testing, powered by Cognero Instant Access

ISBN: 9781305677142
Cengage Learning Testing Powered by Cognero® is a flexible, online system that allows you to: import, edit, and manipulate content from the text's test bank or elsewhere, including your own favorite test questions; create multiple test versions in an instant; and deliver tests from your LMS, your classroom, or wherever you want.

Instructor's Edition

ISBN: 9781305857674
Instructor Sample/Review copy of Kail/Cavanaugh's Essentials of Human Development: A Life-Span View, 2nd Edition.