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Exploring Lifespan Development - Vantage Learning Platform

Exploring Lifespan Development - Vantage Learning Platform

Fourth Edition

April 2024 | SAGE Publications, Inc
About Exploring Lifespan Development - Vantage Learning Platform, Fourth Edition

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Exploring Lifespan Development, Fourth Edition
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Search Reference: Vantage Digital Option and Course tools done right

1. History, Theory, and Research Strategies
2. Genetic Reproductive Choices and Environmental Foundations
3. Prenatal Development, Birth, and the Newborn Baby
4. Physical Development in Infancy and Toddlerhood
5. Cognitive Development in Infancy and Toddlerhood
6. Emotional and Social Development in Infancy and Toddlerhood
7. Physical and Cognitive Development in Early Childhood
8. Emotional and Social Development in Early Childhood
9. Physical and Cognitive Development in Middle Childhood
10. Emotional and Social Development in Middle Childhood
11. Physical and Cognitive Development in Adolescence
12. Emotional and Social Development in Adolescence
13. Physical and Cognitive Development in Early Adulthood
14. Emotional and Social Development in Early Adulthood
15. Physical and Cognitive Development in Middle Adulthood
16. Emotional and Social Development in Middle Adulthood
17. Physical and Cognitive Development in Late Adulthood
18. Emotional and Social Development in Late Adulthood
19. Death, Dying, and Bereavement


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Instructor's resources included with this text:
  • Instructor's Resource Manual (IRM): The IRM can be used by first-time or experienced instructors to enrich classroom experiences. Each chapter includes a brief chapter summary; a chapter outline; lecture enhancements that present cutting-edge topics along with suggestions for using the content in class; and learning activities that provide “live” examples of research findings, discussion topics, and written assignments. Also included are model answers to the text’s Ask Yourself questions and listings of available videos on relevant topics.
  • Test Bank: The Test Bank contains over 2,000 multiple-choice and essay questions, each of which is page-referenced to chapter content and also classified by type and difficulty level.
  • PowerPoint™ Presentation: The PowerPoint presentation provides outlines and illustrations of key topics for each chapter of the text.
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Drives Student Engagement. An evidence-based learning design integrates text content with frequent multimedia activities and learning assessments to facilitate better student preparation, engagement, and learning retention.
  • A student dashboard offers easy access to text content and visually tracks progress on assignments and assessments.
  • Study tools, including flashcards and note-taking, highlighting, and definition look-up capabilities, give students all they need for class preparation and course success.
  • Assignable Knowledge Checks (with helpful hints) provide formative assessments after each major section of text content to reinforce retention of key concepts.
  • Critical Thinking Checks and Chapter Quizzes provide summative assessments at the end of each chapter to measure progress and long-term retention.
  • Assignable multimedia activities with assessment—including video activities—build critical thinking and data literacy while consistently engaging students in an interactive application of text content. Focused feedback on correct and incorrect answers eliminates any guesswork in the learning journey.
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Thoroughly Engaging Writing Style
  • Berk makes the study of human development both involving and pleasurable for students. Exploring Lifespan Development is written in an engaging, personal style — one that is highly accessible — and contains real-life human-interest stories. The author encourages students to relate what they read to their own lives. Stories and vignettes of real individuals, a Berk signature feature, open each chapter and continue throughout the text to illustrate developmental principles and teach through engaging narrative. The text “teaches while it tells a story.
Unparalleled Breadth and Depth of Research
  • Meticulously researched material, including over 2,300 new reference citations, as well as the latest research and findings, reflects major changes and discoveries in the field, and is conveyed to the student in a clear, story-like fashion that humanizes the complex developmental process.
Exceptional Integration of Culture and Diversity
  • Multicultural and cross-cultural material is presented not only in the text's research and in many positive and diverse examples, but also through rich photos and figures, which enhance student interest and understanding. Cultural Influences boxes deepen the attention to culture threaded throughout the text and accentuate both multicultural and cross-cultural variations in development.
Appealing and Meaningful Applications
  • Integrated throughout the text, these applications show students how their learning relates to real-world situations. Applications are relevant to students pursuing a variety of fields, including psychology, education, nursing and other health professions, sociology, anthropology, family studies, and social services.
    • Applying What We Know tables provide practical real-life applications based on theory and research findings. Berk speaks directly to students, as parents or future parents and to those pursuing different careers and areas of study, such as health care, teaching, social work, or counseling.
    • The Look and Listen feature promotes active learning, asking students to observe what real individuals say and do, speak with or observe parents, teachers, or other professionals, and inquire into community programs and practices that influence children, adolescents, and adults.
Other Outstanding Pedagogical Features
  • These features support students’ mastery of the subject matter, inspire critical thinking, and help students engage with information on child development, applying it to the real word.
    • Milestones tables summarize major physical, cognitive, language, emotional, and social attainments of each age period. In addition to offering an overview of change, each entry is page-referenced to provide the student with a convenient tool for review.
    • Ask Yourself critical thinking questions have been thoroughly revised and expanded into a unique pedagogical feature. Three types of questions prompt students to think about human development in diverse ways:
      • Connect questions help students build an image of the whole person by integrating what they have learned across age periods and domains of development.
      • Apply questions encourage application of knowledge to controversial issues and problems faced by children, adolescents, adults, and professionals who work with them.
      • Reflect questions personalize the study of human development by asking students to reflect on their own development, life experiences, and values.
Four Types of Thematic Boxes
  • Biology and Environment boxes highlight the growing attention to the complex, bidirectional relationship between biology and environment.
  • Cultural Influences boxes deepen the attention to culture threaded throughout the text and accentuate both multicultural and cross-cultural variations in development.
  • Social Issues boxes discuss the impact of social conditions on children, adolescents, and adults, and emphasize the need for sensitive social and public policies to ensure their well-being. They are divided into two types:
    • Social Issues: Health boxes address values and practices relevant to physical and mental health.
    • Social Issues: Education boxes focus on home, school, and community influences on learning.

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