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Number of Pages: 696
Publication Date: 2013
|Dimensions: 10.70 X 8.40 (inches)|
Laura E. Berk is a distinguished professor of psychology at Illinois State University, where she has taught human development to both undergraduate and graduate students for more than three decades. She received her bachelors degree in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and her masters and doctoral degrees in child development and educational psychology from the University of Chicago. She has been a visiting scholar at Cornell University, UCLA, Stanford University, and the University of South Australia.
Berk has published widely on the effects of school environments on childrens development, the development of private speech, and the role of make-believe play in development. Her research has been funded by the U.S. Office of Education and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. It has appeared in many prominent journals, including Child Development, Developmental Psychology, Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, Development and Psychopathology, and Early Childhood Research Quarterly. Her empirical studies have attracted the attention of the general public, leading to contributions to Psychology Today and Scientific American. She has also been featured on National Public Radios Morning Edition and in Parents Magazine, Wondertime, and Readers Digest.
Berk has served as a research editor for Young Children and a consulting editor for Early Childhood Research Quarterly. Currently, she is an associate editor for the Journal of Cognitive Education and Psychology. She is a frequent contributor to edited volumes on early childhood development, having recently authored chapters on the importance of parenting, on make-believe play and self-regulation, and on the kindergarten child. She has also written the article on social development for The Child: An Encyclopedic Companion; the article on Vygotsky for the Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science; and the chapter on storytelling as a teaching strategy for Voices of Experience: Memorable Talks from the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology (Association for Psychological Science). She is the coauthor of the forthcoming chapter on make-believe play and self-regulation in the Sage Handbook of Play in Early Childhood.
Berks books include Private Speech: From Social Interaction to Self-Regulation; Scaffolding Childrens Learning: Vygotsky and Early Childhood Education; Landscapes of Development: An Anthology of Readings; and A Mandate for Playful Learning in Preschool: Presenting the Evidence. In addition to Exploring Lifespan Development, she is author of the best-selling texts Child Development and Infants, Children, and Adolescents, and Development Through the Lifespan published by Pearson. Her book for parents and teachers is Awakening Childrens Minds: How Parents and Teachers Can Make a Difference.
Berk is active in work for childrens causes. In addition to service in her home community, she is a member of the national board of directors and chair of the Chicago advisory board of Jumpstart, a nonprofit organization that provides intensive literacy intervention to thousands of low-income preschoolers across the United States, using college and university students as interveners. Berk is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, Division 7: Developmental Psychology.
"One of the best textbooks I have ever reviewed. You do a great job of using research-based material, provide clear statements describing complicated issues, provide useful summaries, and write in a way that enhances student interest and learning." Dale Lund, California State University, San Bernardino
"Berk's textbook provides a structured and interesting journey though life. The students feel engaged and challenged. I feel confident that they will leave my course knowledgeable about social, developmental, emotional, cognitive, and neurological dimensions of being a developing human."Carla Bluhm, College of Coastal Georgia
"The writing style is extremely fluid, easy to read, and engaging."Cheryl Anagnopoulos, Black Hills State University
"The research is absolutely current, relevant, and well-integrated throughout the text." Lori Bica, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
"Laura Berk has included more diversity content (in both regular text and various boxes) than in any other comparable text. Bravo for Berk."Tracie Blumentritt, University of Wisconsin, La Crosse
"Laura Berks text includes the most comprehensive, up-to-date information. Her presentation of research-based content is enhanced with real-life examples with which students can identify. The text is a fascinating read that delves into multicultural content and controversial issues related to all aspects of human development." Holly Beth Beard, Midlands Technical College
"The coverage of research and information relevant to cross-cultural differences … highlights how another culture's practices might reflect an improvement over the ones that are familiar to us."Debra McGinnis, Oakland University
"This text does a good job of highlighting some of the more positive aspects related to aging."Melinda Heinz, Iowa State University,
"The tables, charts, photos and … specific pedagogical tools enhanced the experience rather than being a distraction." Joseph Kishton, University of North Carolina, Wilmington
"I think students need stories to serve as frameworks for thinking about developmental concepts, and this text provides that."Mary Ann Erickson, Ithaca College
"I have happily used various editions of Laura Berks text for more than ten years. Popular with students and faculty alike, Berks work is thoroughly grounded in robust scientific research and is readable, timely, and interesting." Ann Kaiser Stearns, Community College of Baltimore County