AUTHORS: Shaffer, David R. - ©1999
The book that is known for accuracy, quality, and scholarship has been reborn into a new reader-focused edition, featuring new pedagogy, a dynamic new design, and new features. It presents the facts, theories, and processes of developmental psychology in a clear, easy-to-read style. Shaffer stresses the fundamental interplay among biological, cognitive, social, and cultural influences of each aspect of development so readers don't lose sight of the whole person and the holistic character of human development. Students learn new topics as they are introduced, and then are shown how everything they've learned fits together into a coherent storyline of developmental psychology. Throughout the book, Shaffer clearly describes the major points of the major theories, compares them to other theories, shows their strengths and weaknesses, and admits when conflicts have not been resolved. The book is organized topically to focus intently on developmental processes and to provide the student with an uninterrupted view of the sequences of change that children and adolescents experience within each developmental domain. Instructors can be sure students will be exposed to many current and traditional topics confronting developmentalists today.
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