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Recommended for UK developmental psychology students
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.