Quinta Avenida de Manhattan. Carlson y Crowley, En el lenguaje ordinario, en diversos contextos se utiliza de formas distintas. Obviamente, desarrollo implica cambio. Pero no todos los cambios implican desarrollo. El cambio es simplemente una diferencia en algo o alguien de un momento a otro.

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Not because of the content, but the delivery. Unfortunately, I have a personal dislike for reliance on statistical information - especially when the research was done decades ago, or on irrelevant generational comparisons. For instance: perhaps a researcher has recently studied a large sample of individuals who represent every possible age-range in the lifespan. It is then naive to assume that a continuum can be drawn between, say, a 22 year old and an 80 year old.

When studying a contemporary generation it is a little short sighted to predict that they will develop along the same general path that would connect themselves with the 80 year old, as the elder will have been in an immensely different state of development back when they were the same age. Thus, the correlation of data drawn from multiple generations in order to establish norms, always leaves a sour taste.

Especially when considering the immense social, cultural, etc, changes that have come about between even a single contemporary generation. However, I hasten to point out that my frustration with the content is not a reflection of the authors, but rather, a continual frustration I have with scientific research that often forgets the condition of their own assumptions. The authors here are simply collating the available reasearch and data in order to present a comprehensive and introductory volume - and they do this very well.

With that out the way, I am almost bursting with excitement about how easy this was to read. This is certainly a relief when most of the text-books I come across are a chore to wade through - irrespective of content. However, this text is set out in logical chapters; each focusing on a particular period of lifespan. New theories and concepts are introduced gradually and at the most relevant time, which is a great way to gradually build understanding. Further to this, each chapter is set out in a number of relatively short, but concise, sections.

All of which is clearly labelled with appropriately weighted and coloured headings. There is a generous margin on every page where pertinent definitions and other bites of side-information are deposited. Due to my tendency to take notes on the page as I am reading, the wide margins were definitely a helpful feature. Only on the rare double-page spread are you presented with a solid block of text to wade through.

Most sections are filled with images, tables, focus boxes, and study-tips to break up the monotony of simply ploughing through one chunk of text after the other. Overall, the field of human development is continually changing - something that is evident in this the 11th edition of the book.

Due to the content focusing completely on primary data, it would be essential for anyone wishing to study this text to use the most recent edition. I would highly recommend this text as a good starting point and reference book for anyone involved in the field. The presentation and delivery of the information is done in a way that I wish every other text would emulate.





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