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on 20 September 2011
I have recently adopted this textbook for Developmental Psychology at the first and second year university level after being impressed by its accessibility to students and relevant, engaging topics. The book is organised in a topical, rather than a chronological order, which fits well with our lecture structure- a structure that is often rare to find in developmental psychology tests. Another reason I've adopted this textbook is that it presents material with a British/international focus, which is more relevant when teaching at a UK university with a diverse population of students than many of the available texts that are American-based. There is good coverage of both classic theories in the area (e.g. attachment, temperament) and modern topics and research (e.g. bullying, ADHD), all being clearly written and easy to grasp for students at the university level with helpful pedagogical features throughout each chapter. Chapters are written consistently so overall themes of development are evident throughout. There is also good coverage of atypical development and applied topics and in-depth chapters on areas sometimes overlooked, such as the development of mathematical thinking, fitting well with BPS core requirements. Although this text focuses on development through adolescence, there is a decent amount of information about lifespan development throughout as well. I would recommend this textbook to anyone teaching developmental psychology, especially at a British university.
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on 20 September 2011
Developmental Psychology

This book will engage first-and second-year undergraduates with its clear accounts of theories, research and controversies in the field. Concepts are clearly explained and cross-referenced to other material. A particular strength of this book is its focus on the applications of psychological theories, both through coverage of evidence from psychological research and through the `Stop and Think' interludes which will inspire students to reflect upon their own experiences in a new light. A bonus is that the book is beautifully illustrated. I will be recommending this book to students on my second-year Developmental Psychology course.
Dr James Demetre, University of Greenwich
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on 11 January 2014
Used for the first half of my 2nd year in psychology, i like the way it it written it is very easy to follow and has interesting studies.
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on 28 October 2012
Excellent book. Best psychology book ever bought. It is so easy to understand and enjoy. Has really helped me understand Developmental Psychology for my final year at uni.
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on 18 November 2013
I do early childhood studies, this book has been fantastic throughout the course! Written well so not too wordy, easy to read.
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on 30 March 2016
Useless didn't contain topics as described adequately!
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on 31 October 2015
Its the best ever delivery I have ever had.
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on 22 August 2015
I love this book, worth the money.
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