Human Development: A Cultural Approach eBook (3e) : 9780135159811

Human Development: A Cultural Approach eBook (3e)

Arnett,J et al
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Pearson Higher Ed USA
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About the book: For courses in Lifespan Development. Help students understand how culture impacts development — and why it matters

Human Development: A Cultural Approach leads students to examine all stages of development through the engaging lens of culture. Jeffrey Jensen Arnett and new co-author Lene Arnett Jensen integrate cross-cultural examples throughout the narrative to reveal the impact of cultural factors both in the US and around the world. The 3rd Edition includes thoroughly updated research and data for a learning experience that best prepares students to face challenges in our diverse and globalised world — whether they travel the globe or remain in their hometowns.

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Table of contents
  • 1. A Cultural Approach to Human Development
  • 2. Genetics and Prenatal Development
  • 3. Birth and the Newborn Child
  • 4. Infancy
  • 5. Toddlerhood
  • 6. Early Childhood
  • 7. Middle Childhood
  • 8. Adolescence
  • 9. Emerging Adulthood
  • 10. Young Adulthood
  • 11. Middle Adulthood
  • 12. Late Adulthood
  • 13. Death and Afterlife Beliefs
Features & benefits
Engaging content and features foster a contextual understanding of development
  • Examples of domestic culture in the U.S. have been integrated throughout the narrative to show students that culture is present everywhere, both at home and abroad. Rather than viewing culture as a foreign, faraway thing, students will learn to look for it right in their own backyards.
  • Cultural Focus features highlight how culture impacts various aspects of development, such as breastfeeding practices, gross motor development, marriage and family relationships, and work and retirement.
  • Research Focus features offer a detailed description of a research study, including its premises, methods, results, and limitations. Multiple-choice review questions appear at the end of the feature to ensure that students have a solid understanding of the research study and methodology.
  • Infographic maps help provide a geographic and cultural context for variations in development.
  • Chapters devoted to toddlerhood and emerging adulthood, sometimes overlooked stages of development, help paint a detailed picture of human development.
  • Personal anecdotes about the authors’ own children serve as enjoyable, real life-examples of developmental science.
  • Learning objectives for each chapter are listed at the start of each chapter section as well as within the chapter alongside every section heading. Based on Bloom’s taxonomy, these numbered objectives help students better organise and understand the material. The end-of-section summary is organised around these same objectives, as are all of the supplements and assessment material.
  • Critical-thinking questions throughout the text prompt students to use their understanding of the role culture plays in development to solve real-world problems they might face in their own lives and careers. These questions appear in every major section and often focus on the role of culture in human development.
  • Multiple-choice practice quizzes after each section and a cumulative multiple-choice test at the end of every chapter help students assess their comprehension of the material.

New and updated content facilitates an up-to-date learning experience
For the 3rd Edition, the authors have revised every chapter to incorporate the latest and most important human development research, as well as to enhance existing materials. Highlights of new and updated content include the following:
  • NEW! Chapter 2, Genes and Prenatal Development, features the latest statistics on assisted reproductive technologies and age of viability in developed countries, as well as sex ratios at birth across diverse countries;
  • NEW! Chapter 4, Infancy, includes exciting contemporary cognitive development research on object permanence across species, and the roles of babbling, gesturing, and turn-taking in the emergence of speech;
  • NEW! Chapter 6, Early Childhood, offers updated information on the diets of American children, including the roles of SES, ethnicity, and immigrant generation;
  • NEW! Chapter 7, Middle Childhood, includes a new section on executive function in middle childhood, including how its development is impacted by physical exercise and multilingualism;
  • NEW! Chapter 9, Emerging Adulthood, includes important information about sleep in emerging adulthood, including the concepts of delayed sleep phase syndrome and sleep debt, as well as tips for sleep hygiene;
  • NEW! Chapter 12, Late Adulthood, provides an introduction of the concept of the bridge job, in which older workers reduce their work hours but remain in the labor force, or they take another job that is less demanding and involves fewer hours per week; and
  • NEW! Chapter 13, Death and Afterlife Beliefs, offers the latest statistics on the continued dramatic decline in rates of heart disease in the United States, across ethnic groups.

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