Invitation to the Life Span
Fourth Edition   ©2019

Invitation to the Life Span

Kathleen Stassen Berger (Bronx Community College, CUNY)

  • ISBN-10: 1-319-14064-5; ISBN-13: 978-1-319-14064-9; Format: Paper Text, 752 pages

Personal and engaging writing
Kathleen Berger’s voice—the voice of an experienced teacher, researcher, parent and grandparent—makes the concepts and research that drive developmental psychology clear, compelling, and easy to grasp by relating them to the reader’s personal experiences.

15-Chapter Format
The carefully considered table of contents covers the essentials for the course in a format that fits easily in a one-term syllabus.

Cutting-Edge Research
Coverage includes new developments in late-breaking research areas from epigenetics to end-of-life care. Special emphasis is on brain development, culture, genetics, and emotional development. Berger includes this research in a way your students will understand and be able to apply in their future careers.

Attention to Cultural Diversity
Berger highlights cultural differences and universals and their impact on the values and customs that shape individual development and makes culture an enlightening, unifying theme for the text.

Critical Thinking and Applications-Based Pedagogy
From chapter opening stories, the “A View From Science,” “A Case to Study,” and “Opposing Perspectives” features, to the questions presented in "Observation Quizzes," “Especially For,” and “Think Critically” marginalia, to the “Visualizing Development” infographics, Berger’s pedagogy has students thinking about the real implications—for themselves and for the world at large—of the material they are learning.

This feature maps out the key ideas and applications of each chapter graphically, making it easier for visually-oriented learners to summarize and retain the most important material.