Child Development: A Cultural Approach eBook : 9781488624582

Child Development: A Cultural Approach eBook

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Pearson Australia
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About the book: Provides students with a portrayal of development covering the whole amazing range of human cultural diversity around the world, with particular attention to Australia and New Zealand.

Cultural approach: with close attention to development in our own part of the world as well as beyond. Child development is protrayed as it takes place across all the different varieties of cultural patterns that people have devised in response to their local conditions and the creative inspiration of their imaginations.

Local and global focus: explores a balance of examples of research from Australia, New Zealand, the US, and throughout the world, students will learn how culture shapes human development at all stages of the lifespan.

Dedicated coverage of toddlerhood and emerging adulthood: two separate chapters providing specific coverage of the crucial developmental changes, and the influence culture can have, on these lifes stages.

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Table of contents
  • 1. A cultural approach to child 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

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Features & benefits
  • Students are supported with a broad range of learning features and opportunities, including multiple-choice review questions, summary boxes, chapter quizzes and much more.
  • The text takes a cultural approach with an ANZ and Asia-Pacific focus, using local examples, graphs, diagrams, maps, census data, citations and statistics, with particular focus on Indigenous Australian and Maori cultures.
  • Students (and instructors) are provided tangible examples of how the theory relates to practice/industry promoting themes of career readiness and employability. Specifically, 'Apply Your Knowledge as a Professional' videos depict career professionals describing their jobs and explaining how a knowledge of human development and culture influence their work on a daily basis.
Author biography

Jeffrey Jensen Arnett is a Research Professor in the Department of Psychology at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. He received his Ph.D. in developmental psychology in 1986 from the University of Virginia, and did 3 years of postdoctoral work at the University of Chicago.

Ashley Maynard is Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, where she has been on the faculty since 2001. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology in 1999 from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and did two years of postdoctoral study in Anthropology and Cultural Psychology in the Department of Neuropsychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA.

Charlotte Brownlow is an Associate Professor in the School of Psychology and Counselling at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. Originally from the United Kingdom, she received her PhD in 2007 from The University of Brighton, focusing on the identity construction of people with autism/autistic people.

Laurie Chapin is a Psychology Lecturer at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia. Originally from the United States, in 2010 she completed her PhD in applied social psychology, with an emphasis on life span development, at Colorado State University.

Tanya Machin is a Psychology and Counselling Lecturer in the School of Psychology and Counselling at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. She received her PhD in 2016, which focused on the social cues of rejection and acceptance on Facebook.

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