Invitation to the Life Span Canadian Edition
©2014

Invitation to the Life Span Canadian Edition

Kathleen Stassen Berger (Bronx Community College, CUNY) , Susan Chuang (University of Guelph)

  • ISBN-10: 1-4641-4198-3; ISBN-13: 978-1-4641-4198-0; Format: Paper Text

Chapter 1
• The Multicultural Context in Canada (two pages)
• Family Systems theory was included to provide students a theoretical framework when the chapters discuss individuals within families
 
Chapter 2: Conception to birth
• A View From Science: Why Are Infant Mortality Rates So High in Canada?
 
Chapter 3: First two years
• Poverty and Brain Development in Canada
• Piaget’s sensorimotor intelligence section was revised
 
Chapter 4: First two years
• Attachment and Aborignal views on family life
• Stress and the importance of human hugs
Chapter 5: Early childhood
• Obesity in Canada
• Sabrina’s Law: Ontarian girl dies of peanut allergy at school
• Lead and Canadian federal laws
• Learning two languages, bilingual children and language, and bilingual education
• Headstart and Aboriginal children
 
Chapter 6: Early childhood
• Canadian children and media
• Kinship care and Jordan’s Principle: First Nations Manibotan boy has a rare disorder as hospitalized for his first two years of life. He was ready to go home after his second birth but for three extra years, the federal and provincial governments were disputing on which government would be fiscally responsible. Shortly after this fifth birthday, Jordan accidently pulled out his breathing tube and died in the hospital.
 
Chapter 7: Middle childhood
• Physical activity
• A View from Science: Canadian Kids Get an “F” in Physical Activity
• Aboriginal education (almost 3 pages)
• Special education in Canada
 
Chapter 8: Middle childhood
• Culture and family structure (astronaut families)
• Moral development: included the Social Domain Theory
 
Chapter 9: Adolescence
• Opposing Perspectives: Misconceptions about Bullying (Amanda Todd)
• Education: innovative programs in Canada
 
Chapter 10: Adolescence
• Political identity: e.g., Malala Yousafazi, 14-year-old schoolgirl who was shot by the Taliban in Swat, Pakistan, for campaigning for a girl’s right to attend school and receive an education 
• Included ethnic identity
• Opposing Perspectives: Honour Killing or Domestic Violence? (Canadian family)
• Significant information on Canadian youth (e.g., drug use and abuse, depression)
 
Chapter 11 to Epilogue
• Significant Canadian information throughout chapter, with comparisons to other countries
 
Chapter 15: Adulthood
• Focus on stratification, poverty and immigrant seniors and aboriginals
 
 

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