Lifespan Development is designed to help your students understand human growth and development across the lifespan. The contents of this text show that even though not all people are alike, they do go through similar stages of development. Young children learn to walk, talk, spell, jump, and tell jokes. Teens learn to become more independent. Adults take on more responsibilities for themselves and others. Throughout the lifespan, people continue to develop and change physically, cognitively, socially, and emotionally. The text also includes strategies that promote lifespan health and wellness.
Students will learn about the developmental theories of Erikson, Piaget, Vygotsky, Kohlberg, and beyond.
A unit is dedicated to career preparation and opportunities that address career paths in human services and in education and training.
Special features throughout the text cover cultural diversity, health, and safety. Case studies are also included in each chapter.
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Table of Contents
Part 1: Foundations of Human Development
1. An Introduction to Lifespan Development 2. How and Why People Develop and Learn 3. Family Trends Today 4. Pregnancy and Birth
Part 2: Stages of Human Growth and Development
5. Infancy: Newborn to Age 1 6. Toddlerhood: Ages 1 through 2 7. Early Childhood: Ages 3 through 5 8. Middle Childhood: Ages 6 through 10 9. Adolescence: Ages 11 through 19 10. Early Adulthood: Ages 20 through 39 11. Middle Adulthood: Ages 40 through 65 12. Older Adulthood: Ages 66 Plus
Part 3: Strategies Promoting Lifetime Human Development
13. Child and Adult Care Resources for Families 14. Providing for Individual and Family Needs
Part 4: Career Preparation and Opportunities
15. Preparing for Careers 16. Career Paths Education and Training 17. Career Paths in Human Services
Sharleen L. Kato, Ed.D. - loves teaching as well as learning. She is a professor at Seattle Pacific University where she encourages students to become creative and successful in their chosen career field. She believes that the mission of family and consumer sciences is the key to a myriad of meaningful and fulfilling careers. Dr. Kato has taught undergraduate students for over 25 years. She currently serves as the Family and Consumer Sciences Department Director. Dr. Kato holds a doctorate in education, a master’s in human ecology, and an undergraduate degree in home economics. She travels extensively spending at least two weeks each year serving in an orphanage, teen home, and prenatal clinic in the Philippines.