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Life Span Development: A Topical Approach addresses two main concerns of instructors that came out of extensive market research: First, almost every instructor acknowledged that the breadth of lifespan development is so vast that it is difficult to cover the entire field within the confines of a traditional college. Second, many instructors expressed the concern that traditional, chronologically-based lifespan development books were arranged in a way that made it difficult for students to understand the scope of development within particular topical areas. This book, which is based on the chronologically-organized, highly popular Development Across the Life Span, will be approximately 20 percent shorter than traditional lifespan books and topically organized. Life Span Development: A Topical Approach maintains the student friendliness that has been the hallmark of the original. 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. Each chapter will be divided into three modules focusing on particular subtopics. Consequently, rather than facing long, potentially daunting chapters, students will encounter material that is divided into smaller, more manageable chunks. Presenting material in small chunks represents a structure that research long ago found to be optimum for promoting learning. The modular approach has another advantage: It allows instructors to customize instruction by assigning only those modules that fit their course.
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