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EXPLORING Lifespan Development provides students with an efficient read of the most important theories, research findings, and applications in the field of lifespan development. Berk’s clear, engaging writing, signature storytelling style, exceptional cross-cultural focus, rich examples, and long-standing commitment to presenting the most up-to-date scholarship, while also offering students research-based, practical implications that they can relate to their personal and professional lives, remain the cornerstone of this essential text.
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“[This text] is not only the best textbook in the field of human development but the single best textbook I have ever reviewed. It is thorough, research-based, theoretically sound, engaging, interesting, personable and compassionate in tone.....a very rare set of qualities..”
*Dale Lund, University of Utah
“[I appreciate the]great use of concrete, real-life examples of the various concepts throughout the chapter. This is incredibly helpful for students’ learning and retention of the material.”
*Tracie Blumentritt, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
“One of the strengths of this book is a sense that we are learning from someone who is both a great scholar and a very wise and experienced person. Berk has credibility on both a professional and personal level.”
*David Shwalb, Southeastern Louisiana University
“I was very impressed with this text...Chapter 8 on social and emotional development in early childhood is outstanding.” ”
*Byron, Egeland, University of Minnesota
“I especially like the way Dr. Berk addresses policy in this text... the social issues boxes are very useful in engaging students in topics of real-life importance that go beyond the individual.”
*Ashley Maynard, University of Hawaii
“Bravo! Boy, was I favorably impressed! The photos are BEAUTIFUL.”
*Laura Thompson, New Mexico State University
Berk has written a phenomenal chapter [on death and dying]... It is through, sensitive, and well written.”
Cheryl Anagnopoulos, Black Hills State University
“The author has done a very good job of presenting critical issues in a straightforward, understandable manner. Students have commented on the usefulness of the text, and stated they particularly like the milestone tables, vignettes, and end-of-chapter summaries. Students have also commented that the author manages to make potentially difficult concepts easy to understand.”
*Marita Kloseck, University of Western OntarioAbout the Author:
Laura E. Berk is a distinguished professor of psychology at Illinois State University, where she has taught human development to both undergraduate and graduate students for more than three decades. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and her master’s and doctoral degrees in child development and educational psychology from the University of Chicago. She has been a visiting scholar at Cornell University, UCLA, Stanford University, and the University of South Australia.
Berk has published widely on the effects of school environments on children’s development, the development of private speech, and most recently the role of make-believe play in development. Her research has been funded by the U.S. Office of Education and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. It has appeared in many prominent journals, including Child Development, Developmental Psychology, Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, Development and Psychopathology, and Early Childhood Research Quarterly. Her empirical studies have attracted the attention of the general public, leading to contributions to Psychology Today and Scientific American. She has also been featured on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition and in Parents Magazine,Wondertime, and Reader’s Digest.
Berk has served as a research editor for Young Children and a consulting editor for Early Childhood Research Quarterly. Currently, she is an associate editor for the Journal of Cognitive Education and Psychology. She is a frequent contributor to edited volumes on early childhood development, having recently authored chapters on the importance of parenting, on make-believe play and self-regulation, and on the kindergarten child. She has also written the chapter on development for The Many Faces of Psychological Research in the Twenty-First Century (Society for the Teaching of Psychology); the article on social development for The Child: An Encyclopedic Companion; the article on Vygotsky for the Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science; and the chapter on storytelling as a teaching strategy for Voices of Experience: Memorable Talks from the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology (Association for Psychological Science).
Berk’s books include Private Speech: From Social Interaction to Self-Regulation; Scaffolding Children’s Learning: Vygotsky and Early Childhood Education; Landscapes of Development: An Anthology of Readings; and A Mandate for Playful Learning in Preschool: Presenting the Evidence. In addition to Exploring Lifespan Development, she is author of the best-selling texts Child Development and Infants, Children, and Adolescents, and Development Through the Lifespan published by Allyn and Bacon. Her book for parents and teachers is Awakening Children’s Minds: How Parents and Teachers Can Make a Difference.
Berk is active in work for children’s causes. In addition to service in her home community, she is a member of the national board of directors and chair of the central region advisory board of Jumpstart, a nonprofit organization that provides one-to-one literacy intervention to thousands of low-income preschoolers across the United States, using college and university students as interveners. Berk is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, Division 7: Developmental Psychology.
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