This brief, accessible core text provides a comprehensive view of the major developmental perspectives.
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 IDEAS1. An Introduction to the Study of Human Development2. Trends & Issues in Human DevelopmentPART TWO. THE MATURATIONAL & BIOLOGICAL APPROACHESArnold Gesell and the Maturational Model4. The Importance of Biology: Sociobiology & EthologyPART THREE. THE PSYCHODYNAMIC APPROACH5. Sigmund Freud's Psychosexual Theory6. Erik Erikson's Focus on Psychosocial DevelopmentPART FOUR. THE BEHAVIORAL PERSPECTIVE7. The Behavioral Models of Development8. Social Learning TheoryPART FIVE. THE COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENTAL VIEW9. Jean Piaget's Cognitive Model10. Lev Vygotsky's Sociocultural Theory of DevelopmentPART SIX. A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS11. Comparing Theories of Human Development