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Human Growth and Development

Fourth Edition
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March 2019 | 296 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Written for students training for careers in the helping professions, this Fourth Edition covers all the essential topics central to understanding people whether they are clients, service users, patients or pupils. Following the shape of a human life, beginning with birth and ending with death, it combines theoretical concepts and reflective learning to help your students develop an understanding of what makes us grow and change over our lives.

The NEW Online Case Study Resource - Tangled Webs
Now you and your students can explore key issues and themes raised in the book and develop the skill of linking theory to practice with free access to a new online case study resource. By following the lives of people living in the fictional London Borough of Bexford, this series of interlinked and extended case studies will allow your students to explore complex situations, much as they might do as practitioners in their working lives, and consider what ideas about Human Growth and Development might inform their thinking and practice. 
 
Chapter 1: The Birth of a Human Being: What makes us who we are?
 
Chapter 2: The Balancing Act: Psychodynamic insights
 
Chapter 3: A Secure Base: The importance of attachment
 
Chapter 4: The Emergence of Reason: The developing ability to understand
 
Chapter 5: Making Connections: Ideas from behaviourism
 
Chapter 6: Who Am I Going to Be? Adolescence, identity and change
 
Chapter 7: Acting like a Grown-up: Challenges of adulthood
 
Chapter 8: Access to Adulthood: Growing up with a disability
 
Chapter 9: No Man is an Island: Family systems and their life cycle
 
Chapter 10: It Takes a Village: A sociological perspective
 
Chapter 11: Coming to a Conclusion: Dimensions of old age
 
Chapter 12: That Good Night: Death, dying and bereavement

To comprehend applied theory, social work students need clear explanations and illustrative real-world examples. Beckett and Taylor successfully achieve this throughout their book and online content. Indeed, the addition of the online material Tangled Webs is a stroke of brilliance. Real lives are complex and interconnected; and this is expounded in the narrative of a fictional community, presented from diverse perspectives.

Lesley Deacon
Senior Lecturer, Applied Social Studies/Social Work, University of Sunderland

This book is an excellent resource for students and tutors interested in how human beings learn and develop, and it is further enhanced through access to the Tangled Webs case studies. They are rich and diverse requiring the reader to challenge their assumptions and reflect on practice; thus supporting multi-professional development.

Samantha McMahon
Director of Student Support and Retention in the School of Education at the University of Huddersfield

A clear text which gives a good introduction to theories and ideas behind development. I particularly appreciate the activities which allow for reflective learning.

Mrs Stephanie Fry
Social Science, Petroc College
June 18, 2019

The 4th edition keeps the accessibility and captivation of the previous editions while broadening and updating the examples and application of both traditional and newer developmental research theory. I recommend this for people re-engaging with human development as well as those new to the topic area.

Dr Simone Coetzee
Department of Health & Human Sciences, Essex University
March 8, 2019

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