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Discovering the Life Span, CourseSmart eTextbook, 2nd Edition

By Robert S. Feldman

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Apr 25, 2011

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Modular, Manageable, Meaningful—help your students discover the life span!


For courses in human development/lifespan development.


Based on extensive market research, and informed by author Robert Feldman’s own teaching experience, Discovering the Life Span was created to meet key teaching needs. Many instructors would like to cover the entire life span in a single term. They would like their students to see the big picture and understand how the domains of development work together. And, perhaps most importantly, they would like their students to truly connect to the material. This remarkable text does all three of these things.  Here’s how:

  • Structured around a modular format, each stage of life and each domain are treated equally throughout the text. This balanced format offers instructors teaching flexibility while helping students see the connections between the physical, cognitive, and social/personality domains.
  • With 10 chapters, 3 modules per chapter, and only 576 pages, Discovering the Life Span is more manageable for instructors and students. This format allows instructors to cover all areas of the life span without having to sacrifice content during their one-term course. Students get a better sense of the entire process of development.
  • Interactive online resources like MyDevelopmentLab with MyVirtualChild, strong applications, and innovative pedagogy integrated throughout the text produce a meaningful learning experience for students. These tools best prepare students to apply the content to their personal and future professional lives.

Available with MyDevelopmentLab! To order a MyDevelopmentLab access code packaged with the text please use ISBN: 9780205216918 

MyVirtualChild, an interactive simulation which allows students to raise their own virtual child and see how their parenting decisions along with other factors influence the development of their virtual child., is included within MyDevelopmentLab. 


Class Prep is included in MyDevelopmentLab for instructors.  


Click here for a brief overview of MyVirtualChild:  Click here for a brief overview of Class Prep:


Click here to view a sample chapter!

Table of Contents






Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Start of Life

Chapter 3: Infancy

Chapter 4: The Preschool Years

Chapter 5: Middle Childhood

Chapter 6: Adolescence

Chapter 7: Early Adulthood

Chapter 8: Middle Adulthood

Chapter 9: Late Adulthood

Chapter 10: Death and Dying




Chapter 1: Introduction


Module 1.1 Beginnings

An Orientation to Lifespan Development

Key Issues and Questions: Determining the Nature—and Nurture—of Lifespan Development


Module 1.2 Theoretical Perspectives on Lifespan Development

The Psychodynamic, Behavioral, and Cognitive Perspectives

The Humanistic, Contextual, and Evolutionary Perspectives


Module 1.3 Research Methods

Theories, Hypotheses, and Correlational Studies

Experiments: Determining Cause and Effect


Chapter 2: The Start of Life


Module 2.1 Prenatal Development

Earliest Development

The Interaction of Heredity and Environment


Module 2.2 Prenatal Growth and Change

The Prenatal Period

The Prenatal Environment: Threats to Development


Module 2.3 Birth and the Newborn Infant


Birth Complications

The Competent Newborn


Chapter 3: Infancy


Module 3.1 Physical Development in Infancy

Growth and Stability

Motor Development

The Development of the Senses


Module 3.2 Cognitive Development in Infancy

Piaget’s Approach to Cognitive Development

Information Processing Approaches to Cognitive Development

The Roots of Language

What Can You Do to Promote Infants’ CognitiveDevelopment?


Module 3.3 Social and Personality Development in Infancy

The Velcro Chronicles

Developing the Roots of Sociability

Forming Relationships

Differences among Infants


Chapter 4: The Preschool Years


Module 4.1 Physical Development in the Preschool Years

The Growing Body

The Growing Brain

Motor Development


Module 4.2 Cognitive Development in the Preschool Years

Piaget’s Approach to Cognitive Development

Information Processing and Vygotsky’s Approach to Cognitive Development

The Growth of Language and Learning


Module 4.3 Social and Personality Development in the Preschool Years

Forming a Sense of Self

Friends and Family: Preschoolers’ Social Lives

Moral Development and Aggression


Chapter 5: Middle Childhood


Module 5.1 Physical Development in Middle Childhood

The Growing Body

Motor Development and Safety

Children with Special Needs

Keeping Children Fit


Module 5.2 Cognitive Development in Middle Childhood

Intellectual and Language Development

Schooling: The Three Rs (and More) of Middle Childhood

Cultural Dimensions: Multicultural Education

Intelligence: Determining Individual Strengths


Module 5.3 Social and Personality Development in Middle Childhood

The Developing Self

Family Life in Middle Childhood


Chapter 6: Adolescence


Module 6.1 Physical Development in Adolescence

Physical Maturation

Threats to Adolescents’ Well-Being


Module 6.2 Cognitive Development in Adolescence

Cognitive Development

School Performance


Module 6.3 Social and Personality Development in Adolescence

Identity: Asking “Who Am I?”

Relationships: Family and Friends

Dating, Sexual Behavior, and Teenage Pregnancy


Chapter 7: Early Adulthood


Module 7.1 Physical Development in Early Adulthood

Physical Development 310

Physical Limitations and Challenges

Stress and Coping: Dealing With Life’s Challenges


Module 7.2 Cognitive Development in Early Adulthood

Cognitive Development

Intelligence: What Matters in Early Adulthood?

College: Pursuing Higher Education


Module 7.3 Social and Personality Development in Early Adulthood

Forging Relationships: Intimacy, Liking, and Loving During Early Adulthood 

The Course of Relationships 

Work: Choosing and Embarking on a Career 


Chapter 8: Middle Adulthood


Module 8.1 Physical Development in Middle Adulthood

Physical Development

Sexuality in Middle Adulthood



Module 8.2 Cognitive Development in Middle Adulthood

Cognitive Development



Module 8.3 Social and Personality Development in Middle Adulthood

Personality Development

Relationships: Family in Middle Age

Work and Leisure

Cultural Dimensions: Immigrants on the Job:


Chapter 9: Late Adulthood


Module 9.1 Physical Development in Late Adulthood

Physical Development in Late Adulthood

Health and Wellness in Late Adulthood


Module 9.2 Cognitive Development in Late Adulthood




Module 9.3 Social and Personality Development in Late Adulthood

Personality Development and Successful Aging

The Daily Life of Late Adulthood

Relationships: Old and New


Chapter 10: Death and Dying


Module 10.1 Dying and Death Across the Life Span

Defining Death: Determining the Point at Which Life Ends

Death Across the Life Span: Causes and Reactions

Death Education: Preparing for the Inevitable?


Module 10.2 Confronting Death

Understanding the Process of Dying: Taking Steps Toward Death

Choosing the Nature of Death: Is DNR the Way to Go?

Caring for the Terminally Ill: The Place of Death


Module 10.3 Grief and Bereavement

Mourning and Funerals: Final Rites

Bereavement and Grief: Adjusting to the Death of a Loved One

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