Santrock: A Topical Approach to Lifespan Development, 9th edition

As a master teacher, John Santrock connects students to current research and real-world application, helping students see how developmental psychology plays a role in their own lives and future careers. Through an integrated, personalized digital learning program, students gain the insight they need to study smarter and improve performance.

ISBNS: 1259708780 / 9781259708787
Publication Date: 10/31/17

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Expert Consultants.
Lifespan Development is an enormous, complex field, and no single author, or even several authors, can possibly keep up with all of the rapidly changing content in the many periods and different areas of the lifespan. With each edition, John Santrock seeks the input of leading experts about the content in a number of areas of development, who provide evaluations and recommendations in their area(s) of expertise.

Proven Learning Goals Pedagogy.
This hallmark of John Santrock's programs encompasses learning goals, chapter maps, Review and Reflect and Reach Your Learning Goals sections, which are all linked together. By following this pedagogical road map, students will read and retain course material more effectively and efficiently.

Connections between theory and applications.
Santrock provides a wealth of applied examples to show students the personal meaning the field of lifespan development has for them. In addition to the narrative's applications, each chapter also boasts a “Connecting Development to Life” feature, which focuses on health and well-being, parenting, and education.

Developmental Connections in the text margins link discussions of topics across chapters.

Table of Contents

SECTION 1: The Life-Span Perspective
Chapter 1: Introduction

SECTION 2: Biological Processes, Physical Development, and Health
Chapter 2: Biological Beginnings
Chapter 3: Physical Development and Biological Aging
Chapter 4: Health
Chapter 5: Motor, Sensory, and Perceptual Development

SECTION 3: Cognitive Processes and Development
Chapter 6: Cognitive Developmental Approaches
Chapter 7: Information Processing
Chapter 8: Intelligence
Chapter 9: Language Development

SECTION 4: Socioemotional Processes and Development
Chapter 10: Emotional Development and Attachment
Chapter 11: The Self, Identity, and Personality
Chapter 12: Gender and Sexuality
Chapter 13: Moral Development, Values, and Religion

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