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Human Growth and Development [Kindle Edition]

Chris Beckett , Hilary Taylor
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Book Description

Human Growth and Development, Second Edition is a bestselling introduction to emotional, psychological, intellectual and social development throughout the lifespan. Written for students training in fields such as Social Work, Healthcare and Education, the book covers topics which are central to understanding people whether they are clients, service users, patients or pupils.

Each chapter outlines theories that explain development at different stages of life and the transitions we make between childhood, adolesence, adulthood and old age. For this second edition, a new chapter has been added (Chapter 10: It Takes a Village: the Sociological Perspective) exploring the wider social factors which influence human growth and development. Activities are provided within each chapter to help student test theoretical concepts against their own experience and intuitions.

Combining theoretical concepts and reflective learning, Human Growth & Development, second edition is the ideal introduction to psychosocial development for students on a wide range of professional courses.

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"An excellent text. Engages the reader and presents seminal theory in an easy to grasp format which I have found invaluable when teaching undergraduate nursing students." - Maureen Campbell, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Dundee

"This second edition provides a wide-ranging and insightful analysis to psycho-social development across the lifespan. Highly recommended." Dawn Judd, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, University of Central Lancashire

"One of the great strengths of Beckett's writing is that his style is accessible to new undergraduates and he makes sure that complex material is summarised in a way that enables students to understand difficult issues." - Jacqueline Hughes, University of Huddersfield

"This is an excellent read. An impressive array of theoretical underpinnings applied to contemporary practice. Indeed a recommended read for students across the health and social care professions." - Michelle Davies, Academic Leader-Inter-Professional Practice (Social Work & Youth Work), University of Wales, Newport

"This book is a pleasure to read...the book will helpfully guide students at a range of levels to understand the critical stages of Human Development and apply theory to practice." - Mohammed Jakhara, Assistant Head of Subject, Applied Social & Community Studies, University of Derby

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 887 KB
  • Print Length: 229 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1847871798
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd; Second Edition edition (17 Feb. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IKLW25C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #153,256 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Chris Beckett's third novel Dark Eden (published in 2012), follows two others, The Holy Machine (2010) and Marcher (2009). His short stories have been appearing in print in Britain and the US since 1990, and his short story collection, The Turing Test, won the Edge Hill Short Fiction Award in 2009, in a shortlist including collections by Booker and Whitbread prize-winners, Anne Enright and Ali Smith, a rare instance of a science fiction book winning a non-genre literary award.

More information about his fiction writing can be found at

Chris Beckett works part-time as a lecturer in social work, and he also writes text books. He tries to use his experience of story telling to make these books readable and lively, and to write in a realistic way about social work as it actually exists.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book for social work. 29 April 2007
I am undertaking a social work degree and this book is on our recommended reading list. It is a brilliant book - very readable - very understandable - and with loads of information related to psychological theories of human development. I thoroughly recommend this to future students.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Source for Social Work 7 Mar. 2008
I too am completing my Social Work Degree and this text was recommended for my psychology module and it has been an invaluable text. Beckett writes in a clear manner that is easy to understand and each chapter is well written. Theories are explained clearly in such a way that makes them easier to understand, particularly as psychology can be very over loading! I would recommend this book to anyone completing their Social Work Degree and I am sure you will find it just as useful. Best of luck!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Every SW student needs one! 1 Dec. 2010
I'm currently in my second year of my social work degree. I bought this book in relation to my communication and development module in uni. So far, the book has been brilliant. It has given me a lot of information regarding lifespan and social work theory. When showing this to friends, they also rated this book very high. It's a very easy read, breaking it down nicely however still being informative at the same time.

Overall, a good buy!!!!
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Given that this is a specific module on my Social Work MA, I was surprised that there were few books that offered a decent introduction to this broad topic. Thankfully this book is utterly brilliant. Beckett writes in an accessible way that allows you to make this book the ideal platform for deeper study into the psychoanalytical perspectives. It has saved me time and has helped make my study more focused. There is no hyperbole, it is well structured, and most importantly of all it is easy to read. In a field swamped by books that are poorly structured, with latinate language used purely for faux-academic postering, this stands out as a shining exception to the norm.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 9 Jan. 2010
I purchased this book to assist me in writing my Human Growth and Development assignment at university. I am a second year social work student and I must say, I found the book clear, well written and understandable. Well worth purchaing and I'm sure I will be dipping in and out of it for the remainder of my studies.
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This is very much a student textbook and presented in a very accessible format for anyone undertaking studies, the contents are clear, as is the index, each chapter begins with a helpful break down into sub-headings and these sections are interspaced with "activities".

A topic is partially presented, in a style which is informal, using lots of commonplace language and minising academic or professional jargon.

Each topic leads into an activity which is generally a simple question and answer format, encouraging the reader to examine their own perspectives, opinions or bias and then a pretty clear explanation of why these questions and scenarios are important follows.

The complete lifespan is covered, from birth to death and the author begins and finishes with a pretty literary or story format, the book is very much worth buying for the chapters on attachment theory and family systems theory alone.

If you are altogether new to the material I suspect that you'll be more impressed with it than I was, I couldnt give the book more than four stars because I felt that while I could understand the authors goal in adopting a particular writing style and aims in introducing the activities it was pretty pedantic.

A lot of the time I felt like I was being talked down to or being given the idiots line on complex debates like nature vs. nurture, equally I felt that the critical perspective on theory, all theory what so ever, was overdone and seriously invited some sloppy post modern relativism. Too much of it appeared to be for the sake of argument and I could easily see it translating into someones first year technical college or university essay format of presenting one view and then following it with "on the other hand" without much thought.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book on Human Growth 6 Jan. 2012
I brought this book along with some others on Human Growth and Development for a module on my social work degree. I found this book is easy too read as i am dyslexic compared to some of the really academic books and provides enough detail to gain a good concrete understanding of sociological and psychological theories to then attack some of the 'heavier' books for assignments.

Would recommend this to everyone
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2.0 out of 5 stars Product does not meet the standards 28 Aug. 2012
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I bought this product for my cousin abroad and when she received she was surprised as it did not match the original book she saw. The front page was blank and even the hard cover is not as the one shown on the website. The original book had a CD that came with it but this one did not have anything.Human Growth and Development Buying it for £68 and not meeting the standards is annoying.
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