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  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $110.00
  • October 2013
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-52162-7
  • 744 pages
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

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    Developmental Psychology

    The Growth of Mind and Behavior

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    Frank Keil (Author, Yale University)


    Clear, compelling, and authoritative.

    Frank Keil’s Developmental Psychology represents his vision of how psychology should be taught and is based on nearly four decades of teaching a lecture course in developmental psychology and conducting developmental research. With a cohesive narrative, clear art program, and carefully crafted pedagogy, the book guides students through material that is as rich as it is intriguing. Keil’s narrative reflects his passion for engaging students’ intellectual curiosity with an analytical approach that explores the big questions, links theory with evidence, and treats developmental psychology as a science. Developmental Psychology invites readers to celebrate the beauty and to understand the depth of psychological development.


    Helps students think like psychologists about development

    Frank Keil drew on his more than 35 years of teaching experience to create a strong, highly cohesive narrative that shows students how development can be understood through the scientific process. Throughout the book, Keil returns to several important themes that orient and motivate the science of developmental psychology. Examples include the importance of feedback loops as well as development as a dynamic and active process on the child’s part. All of the book’s major themes are outlined in the preface. And chapter opening videos from the author himself serve as compelling chapter introductions. 

    Addresses the big questions of developmental psychology

    Keil links theory with evidence and teaches undergraduates to understand how the developmental process continually feeds on interacting genetic and environmental inputs. Developmental Psychology explores the discipline’s most exciting, cutting-edge work, such as the acquisition of language, morality, biological thought, memory, and how infants come to understand the world.  

    A robust video program illustrates the concepts in the book

    The media package for the book includes a video program that shows students research in action. Classroom Videos (with discussion questions) feature enactments of classic experiments and demonstrate a variety of characteristics from varying developmental stages, showing developmental psychology as science in action. Videos include clips from laboratory experiments, discussions with researchers, and relevant material from popular sources. Videos are available in the coursepack and can be downloaded from the Interactive Instructor’s Guide.  

    Gives students the tools they need to understand core concepts and the scientific process

    The book has been designed to keep students engaged as they read, and to ensure that they are absorbing the material. Checkup questions appear in each chapter at the end of each major discussion, prompting students to assess their own comprehension of the material before they move on. End of chapter material (summaries, thought questions, and key terms) offer opportunities for review. Feature boxes, including scientific method boxes, appear throughout the book. And a clear, carefully developed and full-color art program illustrates difficult concepts and helps students interpret research findings.  

      Part I Framing Psychological Development
          Chapter 1. Approaching Psychological Development
          Chapter 2. The Biology of Development

      Part II Origins
          Chapter 3. Coming to Perceive the World
          Chapter 4. The Emergence of Action
          Chapter 5. Coming to Understand the Physical World
          Chapter 6. Connecting with the Social World
          Chapter 7. The Origins of Emotion, Temperament, and Personality

      Part III Developing Competencies
          Chapter 8. Language Development
          Chapter 9. The Growth of Knowledge
          Chapter 10. The Growth of Cognitive Skills
          Chapter 11. Intelligence and Schooling

      Part IV The Self and Others
          Chapter 12. Morality in Thought and Action
          Chapter 13. Knowing Ourselves, Knowing Others
          Chapter 14. Becoming Part of the Family
          Chapter 15. Becoming Part of the Community

      Part V Broader Developmental Context
          Chapter 16. Psychopathology in Childhood
          Chapter 17. Development after Childhood and Adolescence