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Lives Across Cultures: Cross-Cultural Human Development (4th Edition)Harry W. Gardiner and Corinne Kosmitzki
The 4th edition of this market-leading text is now available from Pearson/Allyn & Bacon Publishing: http://www.ablongman.com/catalog/academic/product/0,1144,0205494757,00.html
Lives Across Cultures offers an interdisciplinary exploration of developmental topics across the lifespan. Presented in a chronological-within-topics approach, it focuses on cultural contexts throughout the world while emphasizing links between theory, research and practical applications.
- Links to real world: Basic principles and research findings are linked to practical, everyday events to help readers cultivate a global and multicultural perspective on behavior and gain an improved understanding of and appreciation for development as it takes place in diverse cultural settings.
- Multi-disciplinary: This text integrates and synthesizes viewpoints and perspectives from a variety of disciplines including psychology, anthropology, sociology, and the health sciences.
- Pedagogy includes:
- Opening vignettes of individuals from different geographical areas of the world who illustrate behaviors described in the chapters.
- Recurring themes that help students to develop a comprehensive and cohesive understanding of development.
- Key ideas are placed in bold type the first time they appear and are immediately defined with culturally relevant examples.
- Further readings: Each chapter closes with an annotated listing of recommendations for further reading. The suggested books, articles, and websites have been selected for their ability to expand on topics covered in each chapter as well as for their interesting and often amusing writing style.
- The Instructor’s Manual contains chapter outlines and objectives, lecture topics, student activities, film and video suggestions, and multiple choice and essay test items.
New To This Edition:
- A highly original Foreword opens with a photograph of the hands of three week old Alena, representing the "Alpha" or beginning of life, and closes with a photograph of the hands of 102 year old Khun Mae Kasorn, representing the "Omega" or end of a long and productive life.
- A series of nine Developmental Analysis boxes appearing in Chapters 2-10. Written in the first person, they tell the life of Matilda "Maddi" Skelton, who engaging applies important concepts to her own development over the lifespan.
- A series of study questions for readers to reflect upon regarding concepts, facts, and other material have been added at the end of each chapter.
- This edition includes new culturally-relevant photos allowing readers to "see" cross-cultural behavior as it "happens," and thereby better understand it.
- This edition contains hundreds of new references, many representing important work published between 2004 and 2007.
What Reviewers Are Saying About Lives Across Cultures, 4th edition
“Harry Gardiner and Corinne Kosmitzki, and their own very capable hands, skillfully and in an engaging and personal style, have energetically and generously updated and extended the coverage provided in the third edition of Lives Across Cultures. Covering all of the major developmental topics from cradle to grave, they take the reader through the labyrinth of lives that work and play and, unfortunately, fight through occasional major crises and the vexing problems of growing up. The style and tone of the book is genuinely comfortable. Reading it is like having a friendly dialogue with gentle and caring friends.”
From the Forward by Walter J. Lonner, Western Washington University
“To our knowledge this book has no competition, and is unique. It is unusual for a book to change a curriculum, but rather than being written to fill a demand for classes in cross-cultural human development, it appears that these courses are being created at various universities because Gardiner and Kozmitzki published this text. As Lonner writes in the foreword, the field is changing quickly and significantly, and LAC is in great hands as Gardiner and Kosmitzki reflect this change in each new edition. This is an improved edition, not just a newer edition.”
David W. Shwalb and Barbara J. Shwalb, Southeastern Louisiana University