978-0077861995 – A Topical Approach to Lifespan Development (B&b Psychology) by John W Santrock
Having taught life-span development every semester for three decades now, I’m always looking for ways to improve my course and A Topical Approach to Life-Span Development. Just as McGraw-Hill looks to those who teach the life-span development course for input, each year I ask the approximately 200 students in my life-span development course to tell me what they like about the course and the text, and what they think could be improved. What have my students told me lately about my course and text? Students said that highlighting connections among the different aspects of life-span development would help them to better understand the concepts. As I thought about this, it became clear that a connections theme would provide a systematic, integrative approach to the course material. I used this theme to shape my current goals for my life-span development course, which, in turn, I’ve incorporated into A Topical Approach to Life-Span Development:
1. Connecting with today’s students To help students learn about life-span development more effectively.
2. Connecting research to what we know about development To provide students with the best and most recent theory and research in the world today about each of the periods of the human life span.
3. Connecting topical processes in development To guide students in making topical connections across different aspects of development through the life span.
4. Connecting development to the real world To help students understand ways to apply content about the human life span to the real world and improve people’s lives; and to motivate them to think deeply about their own personal journey through life and better understand who they were, are, and will be. Connecting with Today’s Students
In A Topical Approach to Life-Span Development, I recognize that today’s students are as different in some ways from the learners of the last generation as today’s discipline of lifespan development is different from the field 30 years ago. Students now learn in multiple modalities; rather than sitting down and reading traditional printed chapters in linear fashion from beginning to end, their work preferences tend to be more visual and more interactive, and their reading and study often occur in short bursts. For many students, a traditionally formatted printed textbook is no longer enough when they have instant, 24/7 access to news and information from around the globe. Two features that specifically support today’s students are the adaptive ebook, Smartbook (see pages xv–xvii) and the learning goals system.
Author: John W Santrock
Pub Date: 10/14/2015
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