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In this book, the author shares a few of the examples and stories that have resonated with her students to help these subjects come to life for the reader. This book is not a collection of lectures or a condensed textbook, nor is it a guide to parenting or a memoir of her days as a teacher and professor. Rather, it is an attempt to inject humanity and spark into an academically complex subject. Human development through the lifespan has something for everyone: we all learned a language, we all struggled to take our first step, and we all continue to deal with issues of self-esteem and attachment and growing older.
Chapter One: Issues in Development
Chapter Two: Infancy, Piaget, and the Brain
Chapter Three: Infancy: Language
Chapter Four: Infancy: Attachment
Chapter Five: Early Childhood
Chapter Six: Early and Middle Childhood: Parenting
Chapter Seven: Middle Childhood: Cognitive Development
Chapter Eight: Adolescence
Chapter Nine: Early Adulthood
Chapter Ten: Middle Adulthood
Chapter Eleven: Late Adulthood
Chapter Twelve: Death and Dying