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Lifespan Development
Lives in Context

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January 2019 | 816 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

In the Second Edition of her award-winning, chronologically organized text, Lifespan Development: Lives in Context, author and teacher Tara L. Kuther explores the dynamic interactions between individuals, our genetic makeup, and the diverse contexts that shape our growth and development at every stage of life. With a clear and approachable writing style, Kuther integrates current research findings with foundational, classic theory and research to present a comprehensive yet concise introduction to the field. Lively feature boxes and critical thinking questions encourage students to compare concepts, apply theoretical perspectives, and consider applications of research findings in their own lives and future careers.

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Also of Interest: Case Studies in Lifespan Development by Stephanie M. Wright presents a series of 12 case studies shaped by the contributions of real students to build immersive examples that readers can relate to and enjoy. Bundle Case Studies in Lifespan Development with Lifespan Development: Lives in Context for only $5 more! 


 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
PART I. Foundations of LifeSpan Human Development
 
1. UNDERSTANDING HUMAN DEVELOPMENT: APPROACHES AND THEORIES
What Is LifeSpan Human Development?

 
Basic Issues in LifeSpan Human Development

 
Theoretical Perspectives on Human Development

 
Research in Human Development

 
Research Ethics

 
 
2. BIOLOGICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL FOUNDATIONS
Genetic Foundations of Development

 
Chromosomal and Genetic Problems

 
Reproductive Choices

 
Heredity and Environment

 
 
3. THE PRENATAL PERIOD, BIRTH, AND THE NEWBORN
Prenatal Development

 
Environmental Influences on Prenatal Development

 
Childbirth

 
The Newborn

 
 
PART II. Infancy and Toddlerhood
 
4. PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT IN INFANCY AND TODDLERHOOD
Body Growth and Nutrition in Infants and Toddlers

 
Brain Development During Infancy and Toddlerhood

 
Early Learning Capacities

 
Sensation and Perception During Infancy and Toddlerhood

 
Motor Development During Infancy and Toddlerhood

 
 
5. COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT IN INFANCY AND TODDLERHOOD
Piaget’s Cognitive-Developmental Theory

 
Information Processing Theory

 
Individual Differences in Infant Intelligence

 
Language Development in Infancy and Toddlerhood

 
 
6. SOCIOEMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN INFANCY AND TODDLERHOOD
Psychosocial Development in Infancy and Toddlerhood

 
Emotional Development in Infancy and Toddlerhood

 
Temperament in Infancy and Toddlerhood

 
Attachment in Infancy and Toddlerhood

 
The Self in Infancy and Toddlerhood

 
 
PART III. Early Childhood
 
7. PHYSICAL AND COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT IN EARLY CHILDHOOD
Physical Development in Early Childhood

 
Cognitive-Developmental and Sociocultural Reasoning in Early Childhood

 
Information Processing in Early Childhood

 
Language Development In Early Childhood

 
Moral Development in Early Childhood

 
Early Childhood Education

 
 
8. SOCIOEMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN EARLY CHILDHOOD
Emerging Sense of Self

 
Emotional Development in Early Chlidhood

 
Parenting

 
Gender Stereotypes, Gender Differences, and Gender Development

 
Play and Peer Relationships in Early Childhood

 
 
PART IV. Middle Childhood
 
9. PHYSICAL AND COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT IN MIDDLE CHILDHOOD
Physical and Motor Development in Middle Childhood

 
Cognitive Development in Middle Chldhood

 
Intelligence

 
Moral Development in Middle Childhood

 
Language Development in Middle Chidhood

 
Learning and Schooling in Middle Chldhood

 
 
10. SOCIOEMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN MIDDLE CHILDHOOD
Psychosocial Development in Middle Childhood

 
Peer Relationships in Middle Childhood

 
Families in Middle Childhood

 
Common Socioemotional and Developmental Problems in Middle Childhood

 
 
PART V. Adolescence
 
11. PHYSICAL AND COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT IN ADOLESCENCE
Conceptions of Adolescence

 
Physical Development in Adolescence

 
Brain Development in Adolescence

 
Adolescent Cognitive Development

 
Adolescent Moral Development

 
Schools and Academic Functioning in Adolescence

 
 
12. SOCIOEMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN ADOLESCENCE
Psychosocial Development: The Changing Self

 
Adolescents and Their Families

 
Adolescents and Their Peers

 
Adolescent Sexuality

 
Problems in Adolescence

 
 
PART VI. Emerging and Early Adulthood
 
13. PHYSICAL AND COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT IN EMERGING AND EARLY ADULTHOOD
Emerging Adulthood: Transition to Adulthood

 
Physical Development in Emerging and Early Adulthood

 
Health, Fitness, and Wellness in Emerging and Early Adulthood

 
Cognitive Development in Emerging and Early Adulthood

 
Education and Development in Emerging and Early Adulthood

 
Career Development in Emerging and Early Adulthood

 
 
14. SOCIOEMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN EMERGING AND EARLY ADULTHOOD
Psychosocial Development in Emerging Adulthood and Early Adulthood

 
Relationships in Psychosocial Development in Emerging and Early Adulthood

 
Lifestyles and Romantic Partnerships

 
Parenthood in Early Adulthood

 
 
PART VII. Middle Adulthood
 
15. PHYSICAL AND COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT IN MIDDLE ADULTHOOD
Physical Development in Middle Adulthood

 
Health in Middle Adulthood

 
Intellectual Abilities in Middle Adulthood

 
Cognitive Development in Middle Adulthood

 
 
16. SOCIOEMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN MIDDLE ADULTHOOD
Psychosocial Development in Middle Adulthood

 
The Self in Middle Adulthood

 
Relationships in Middle Adulthood

 
Careers in Middle Adulthood

 
 
PART VIII. Late Adulthood
 
17. PHYSICAL AND COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT IN LATE ADULTHOOD
Physical Development in Late Adulthood

 
Health in Late Adulthood

 
Dementia in Late Adulthood

 
Cognitive Development in Late Adulthood

 
 
18. SOCIOEMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN LATE ADULTHOOD
The Self in Late Adulthood

 
Late Adulthood and Social Contexts

 
Relationships in Late Adulthood

 
Retirement

 
 
PART IX. ENDINGS
 
19. DEATH AND DYING
Patterns of Mortality and Defining Death

 
Conceptions of Death Across the Lifespan

 
Dying and the Experience of Death

 
Bereavement and Grief

 
 
Glossary
 
References
 
Name Index
 
Subject Index

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The textbook is nearly identical to the one I have used for almost 5 years but has better supplemental online materials.

Professor Dory Quinn
History, Philosophy, and Social Science, Pittsburg State University
September 9, 2019

Clear overview of the lifespan, interesting instructor resources, easy to follow and interestingly organized for my students.

Dr Jacqueline Goldman
Educational Psychology Dept, University Of Oklahoma
December 6, 2018
Key features

NEW TO THIS EDITION:

  • The new edition is available as a digital option through SAGE Vantage, an intuitive digital platform that offers auto-graded assignments and interactive multimedia tools, all carefully designed to ignite student engagement and drive critical thinking.
  • A streamlined organization presents information more succinctly for improved readability while retaining and enhancing coverage of major findings in developmental science.
  • New and current research reflects over 1,400 references published since 2016, including nearly 900 published in 2017 and 2018, in addition to discussions of classic research.
  • A new chapter on death and dying (Chapter 19) covers the processes of death, how children and adults understand death, and coping with bereavement.
  • Brain and Biological Influences on Development boxes illustrate the intersection of context and brain development by applying research to neurological development.
  • Cultural Influences on Development boxes that emphasize the role of context in diversity and the many forms that diversity takes now appear in every chapter.
  • Content on emerging adulthood in chapters 13 and 14 gives attention to the increasing distinction between emerging adults (between 18 and 24 years old) and adults.
  • Review Questions tied to Learning Objectives help students recall the most important information at the end of every chapter; suggested answers are provided in an instructor’s manual.

KEY FEATURES:

  • A contextual perspective emphasizes how individual factors combined with the places, sociocultural environments, and ways in which we are raised influence who we become and how we grow and change throughout the lifespan.
  • Lives in Context boxes offer compelling examples that illustrate how we all are embedded in multiple layers of context, including family, culture, neighborhood, community, norms, values, and historical events.
  • Cultural Influences on Development boxes emphasize the role of context in diversity and the many forms that diversity takes, including gender, race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and more.
  • Applying Developmental Science boxes reflect the increasing relevance and influence of developmental science on contemporary issues influencing our lives.
  • What Do You Think? Questions at the end of every boxed feature challenge students to assess and evaluate the issues highlighted in that feature.
  • Thinking in Context critical-thinking questions appear at the end of every A-head section. These questions encourage readers to compare concepts, apply theoretical perspectives, and consider applications of research findings presented.
  • Apply Your Knowledge case scenarios at the end of every chapter include in-depth questions that require students to apply their understanding to address a particular situation or problem.
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    • Dr. Kuther’s Chalk Talks are whiteboard-style animations narrated by the author that provide a foundational overview for students to learn basic concepts outside the classroom so class time can be spent on active learning
    • Lives in Context Video Cases spotlight individuals in every stage of the lifespan, from infancy to older adulthood. Through voiceover narration, Tara Kuther guides students beyond the covers of her book into homes, schools, and workplaces to help them master core concepts through examples and demonstrations, while accompanying assignments track progress.
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