McGraw-Hill, 2007 (first edition published 1978)
Diane E. Papalia, Sally Wendkos Olds, & Ruth Duskin Feldman

This chronologically organized text continues to showcase the author team’s trademark of clear, accessible writing. This edition builds on the previous editions’ new pedagogical learning system, making the text even more valuable and easy-to-use. Applauded for its combination of research coverage with applications and lively real-life examples, the text includes many cross-cultural topics and issues facing the disabled, in addition to a variety of health issues and applications.

A personal, dynamic writing style explains complex issues and topics in human development in a way that appeals to students of all ages and backgrounds. The vignettes that introduce each chapter, along with the shorter true anecdotes that appear throughout the book—some of them about the authors’ own children and grandchildren—underline the fact that there is no “average” or “typical” human being, that each person is an individual with a unique personality and a unique set of life circumstances. They are reminders that whenever we talk about human development, we talk about real people in a real world.

This tenth edition incorporates a new learning system, which includes questions to capture students’ interest and motivate them to look for answers; to enable them to test their understanding of what they have read; and to challenge them to interpret, apply, or critically evaluate information presented in the text; along with chapter summaries. The book also includes three kinds of high-interest boxed material: “Digging Deeper” boxes that explore in depth important, cutting-edge, or controversial research-related issues (like the effects of maternal depression on infants); “Window on the World” boxes about development in other societies (like China’s one-child policy); and “Practically Speaking” boxes that show how research findings can be applied to everyday issues (like assessing the reliability of young children’s eyewitness testimony).

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