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An Introduction to Theories of Human Development
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An Introduction to Theories of Human Development



March 2004 | 368 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This brief, accessible core text provides a comprehensive view of the major developmental perspectives in a way that should appeal especially to students going on to applied careers in the social and behavioral sciences, education, and the human services and other helping professions. Neither overly detailed nor unnecessarily technical, it is intended as a basic introduction. At the same time, the author does not "talk down" or condescend to the reader. He emphasizes the applied nature of these developmental theories, not only in the text material but also with features such as boxed highlights. The book is organized into five major parts, beginning with an introduction to the primary concepts and important ideas about human development and research and then grouping various theories into four major theoretical perspectives--maturational and biological, psychodynamic, behavioral, and cognitive developmental--before concluding with an integrative chapter that compares the various theories covered.
 
PART ONE. AN INTRODUCTION & IMPORTANT IDEAS
 
1. An Introduction to the Study of Human Development
 
2. Trends & Issues in Human Development
 
PART TWO. THE MATURATIONAL & BIOLOGICAL APPROACHES
 
Arnold Gesell and the Maturational Model
 
4. The Importance of Biology: Sociobiology & Ethology
 
PART THREE. THE PSYCHODYNAMIC APPROACH
 
5. Sigmund Freud's Psychosexual Theory
 
6. Erik Erikson's Focus on Psychosocial Development
 
PART FOUR. THE BEHAVIORAL PERSPECTIVE
 
7. The Behavioral Models of Development
 
8. Social Learning Theory
 
PART FIVE. THE COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENTAL VIEW
 
9. Jean Piaget's Cognitive Model
 
10. Lev Vygotsky's Sociocultural Theory of Development
 
PART SIX. A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS
 
11. Comparing Theories of Human Development

The book would be more suitable for psychology students rather than social science.

Ms Alicja Chmielowska
Social Sciences, Dublin Business School
October 8, 2011

Was looking for a text for a graduate course, and this book was more targeted toward undergrads.

Christine Sokol
Human Development Dept, Virginia Polytechnic Institution / State University
August 2, 2011

i found this text easily understandable as well as an easy access to certain or relevant theories of developemental study and is an ideal introduction and overview on theories of human development

Mrs Deborah Regan
academy, Havering College of Further and Higher Education
March 8, 2011

Excellent contents page that allows students to navigate their way throught the text. Having chapters divided up with clear headings means this is very accessible.

List of suggested readings is an enormous help.

Covers key theories and theorists for purposes of education studies.

Mr Andy Davies
School of Education, Brighton University
April 29, 2010
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