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The book is well written and the theorists and their respective work are well-presented and clearly explained…. As a text dealing with the historical overview of major theorists and their work in human development over the last century or so, it is extremely strong and could be widely used in a variety of both undergraduate and graduate courses.”

—Ann C. Diver-Stamnes, Humboldt State University

In general, I found the websites and references listed at the end of each chapter to be very interesting and useful for taking students beyond what is in the text.”

—Jane Ledingham, University of Ottawa

A fine choice for a classic theories course, and I believe that the level of presentation would be appropriate for advanced undergraduate or graduate students…. The up-to-date web sites at the end of each section are a definite plus. The choice of sites is excellent.”

—Cosby Steele Rogers, Virginia Tech

An Introduction to Theories of Human Development examines the development process, looking at the series of changes that occur as a result of an interaction between biological and environmental factors. Why might our behavior as an adult be so different from when we were infants? Why and how does one stage of development follow the next? Are the changes that we experience abrupt in nature or smooth and predictable? Author Neil J. Salkind reflects on such critical questions to help readers understand what happens along the way as one develops from infancy through later life.

This book provides a comprehensive view of the primary theoretical models of human development including those from the biological, psychoanalytic, behavioral, and cognitive developmental perspectives. Along with a brief discussion of a historical background for each of these approaches, An Introduction to Theories of Human Development examines the application of these theories to various aspects of human development, such as the effectiveness of early intervention, individual differences, adolescence, and sociobiology.

Features of this text: A final, integrative chapter compares the various theories presented in the book using Murry Sidman's model of six criteria for judging a theory to help develop students' skills for critically assessing theory.; Classic approaches to understanding human behavior across the lifespan are also examined.; Pedagogical features such as chapter opening quotes, boxed highlights, key terms, a glossary, and websites for further reading enhance student understanding of everyday human behavior.

An Introduction to Theories of Human Development is an accessible text for advanced undergraduate students in the social and behavioral sciences including such fields as psychology, education, human services, nursing, sociology, social welfare, and human development and family studies.

Comparing Theories of Human Development
Comparing theories of human development

In every child who is born, under no matter what circumstances, and of no matter what parents, the potentiality of the human race is born again.

—James Agee

The most powerful factors in the world are clear ideas in the minds of energetic men of good will.

—J. Arthur Thomson

The best ideas are common property.

—Seneca

We are prisoners of ideas.

—Ralph Waldo Emerson

The preceding 10 chapters have introduced you to some of the major theories of human development and to the theorists responsible for them. As you have seen, the diversity of ideas about and approaches to the study of development are as varied as human behavior itself.

This closing chapter has three purposes. The first is to present an overview ...

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