Synopses & Reviews
For Human Development/Lifespan Development courses organized topically.
Life Span Development: A Topical Approach is based on the chronologically-organized, highly popular Development Across the Life Span, is be approximately 20% shorter than traditional lifespan books and organized topically .
Feldman maintains the student friendliness that has been the hallmark of Feldman's other development textbooks. It is rich in examples and illustrates the applications that can be derived from the research and theory of lifespan developmentalists. It pays particular attention to the applications that can be drawn from theory and research in the field.
To optimize student learning and to provide instructors with maximum flexibility, the book uses a modular approach. Consequently, rather than facing long, potentially daunting chapters, students encounter material that is divided into smaller, more manageable chunks (modules). Presenting material in small chunks represents a structure that research long ago found to be optimum for promoting learning.
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Feldman, Lifespan Development: A Topical Approach
Carol LaLiberte - Asnuntuck Community College
The opening prologue was very effective and relevant to my college students' lives. To recap and refer to this at the end in the epilogue really ties the learning together. This text is extremely comprehensive, tackling current issues such as the amount of stress on young children as a result of testing and the effects of homework on school children.
Suzy Horton - Mesa Community College
These (features in Feldman) are excellent and the format makes them stand out and more likely to be read by students for their unique content. I especially like the neuroscience features. This makes the textbook very current.
Michelle Clark — James Madison University
I found this to be a real strength of the text-- the research was very much up to date.
Feldman's modules were more user-friendly and overall I think he does a better job of conveying the applicability of material to the students' own lives.
Janine Buckner — Seton Hall University
The writing is practical and clear (with insight and humor to boot!) AND effective. It is an engaging resource.
James Guinee - University of Central Arkansas
The Feldman text is one of the better texts on the market today, and I have been eagerly waiting a topically organized text for lifespan development.
Salvador Macias - University of South Carolina Sumter
I found the writing very interesting and well organized.
Elaine Cassel - Lord Fairfax Community College
Nice writing style. The chapters are clear, interesting, and well-organized and I like the examples. I think there are a sufficient number of examples.
Sandra Sego - American International College
The most compelling thing about the text is that it is clear and easy to read.
Carolyn Fallahi - Central Connecticut State University
Easy to understand language. Interesting, real world questions lead each major section.
Jackie Goldstein - Samford University
Very clear AND thorough.
Robert Stennett - Gainesville State College
This is a very well-written textbook. It will enjoy wide appeal to students and faculty alike. It covers relevant information in a readable and entertaining way, with real-life examples that most students can relate to their own lives.
Ronnie Naramore - Angelina College
The number of real world examples was impressive. The research cited is very up-to-date and accurate.
Diane Wille - IU Southeast
The research is current and accurate. I was impressed with the number of new studies used to explain and expand the concepts.
Kathleen Rudasill - University of Louisville
Strongly interested; this has excellent potential for my course
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About the Author
Robert S. Feldman
is Professor of Psychology and Associate Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. A recipient of the College Distinguished Teacher Award, he teaches psychology classes ranging in size from 15 to nearly 500 students. During the course of more than two decades as a college instructor, he has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses at Mount Holyoke College, Wesleyan University, Virginia Commonwealth University, in addition to the University of Massachusetts.
Professor Feldman, who initiated the Minority Mentoring Program at the University of Massachusetts, also has served as a Hewlett Teaching Fellow and Senior Online Teaching Fellow. He initiated distance learning courses in psychology at the University of Massachusetts
A Fellow of both the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science, Professor Feldman received a B.A. with High Honors from Wesleyan University and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a winner of a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar and Lecturer award, and he has written more than 100 books, book chapters, and scientific articles. He has edited Development of Nonverbal Behavior in Children (Springer-Verlag), Applications of Nonverbal Behavioral Theory and Research (Erlbaum), and co-edited Fundamentals of Nonverbal Behavior (Cambridge University Press). He is also author of Child Development, Understanding Psychology, and P.O.W.E.R. Learning: Strategies for Success in College and Life. His books have been translated into a number of languages, including Spanish, French, Portuguese, Dutch, Chinese, and Japanese. His research interests include honesty and deception in everyday life and the use of nonverbal behavior in impression management, and his research has been supported by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute on Disabilities and Rehabilitation Research. Professor Feldman loves music, is an enthusiastic pianist, and enjoys cooking and traveling. He has three children, and he and his wife, a psychologist, live in Amherst, Massachusetts, in a home overlooking the Holyoke mountain range.
Table of Contents
PART I. INTRODUCTION
Chapter 1. An Orientation to Lifespan Development
Module 1. Determining The Nature–And Nurture–Of Lifespan Development
Module 2. Theoretical Perspectives
Module 3. Research in Lifespan Development
PART II. PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT
Chapter 2. Genetics, Prenatal Development, and Birth
Module 4. Foundations of Genetics
Module 5. The Interaction of Heredity and Environment
Module 6. Prenatal Growth and Birth
Chapter 3. Physical Growth and Aging Across The Lifespan
Module 7. Physical Growth and Change
Module 8. Motor Development
Module 9. Perceptual Development
Chapter 4. Health and Wellness
Module 10. Stress and Coping
Module 11. Illness and Well-Being
Module 12. Promoting Health and Wellness
PART III. COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT
Chapter 5. Cognitive Growth: Piaget And Vygotsky
Module 13. Principles of Cognitive Development
Module 14. Piaget’s Approach to Cognitive Development
Module 15. Vygotsky’s View of Cognitive Development
Chapter 6. Cognitive Growth: Information Processing Approaches
Module 16. The Basics of Information Processing
Module 17. Memory
Module 18. Applying Information Processing Approaches
Chapter 7. Language Development
Module 19. The Origins of Language
Module 20. The Course of Language Development
Module 21. Culture and Language
Chapter 8. Intelligence
Module 22. Intelligence: Determining Individual Strengths
Module 23. Controversies Involving Intelligence
Module 24. Intellectual Disabilities and the Intellectually Gifted
PART IV. SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Chapter 9. Social and Emotional Development
Module 25. Forging Early Social Relationships
Module 26. Emotional Development
Module 27. Personality
Chapter 10. Development of the Self
Module 28. The Development of the Self
Module 29. Evaluating the Self
Module 30. Picking An Occupation: Choosing Life’s Work
Chapter 11. Moral Development and Aggression
Module 31. Developing Morality
Module 32. Spirituality and Religion
Module 33. Aggression and Violence
Chapter 12. Gender and Sexuality
Module 34. Gender: Why Do Boys Wear Blue And Girls Wear Pink?
Module 35. Sexual Maturation and Sexuality
Module 36. Relationships
Chapter 13. Friends and Family
Module 37. Social Relationships Across the Lifespan
Module 38 .Lifestyles
Module 39. Family Life
Chapter 14. Schooling, Culture, and Society: Living in a Multicultural World
Module 40. Schooling and Lifetime Learning
Module 41. Leisure
Module 42. A Multicultural World
PART V. THE END OF LIFE
Chapter 15. Death and Grieving: The End of Life
Module 43. Dying and Death Across the Lifespan
Module 44. Confronting Death
Module 45. Grief and Bereavement