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Exploring Lifespan Development


Laura E. Berk Illinois State University



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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Names: Berk, Laura E., author. Title: Exploring lifespan development / Laura E. Berk, Illinois State University. Description: Fourth Edition. | Boston : Pearson, [2018] | Revised edition of the author’s Exploring lifespan development, 2014. | Includes bibliographical references and index. Identifiers: LCCN 2017013903| ISBN 9780134419701 | ISBN 0134419707 | ISBN 9780134420714 | ISBN 0134420675 | ISBN 9780134420677 Subjects: LCSH: Developmental psychology–Textbooks. Classification: LCC BF713 .B466 2017 | DDC 155–dc23 LC record available at https://lccn.loc.gov/2017013903

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Laura E. Berk is a distinguished professor of psychol- ogy at Illinois State University, where she has taught child, adolescent, and lifespan development for more than three decades. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and her mas- ter’s and doctoral degrees in child development and educa-

tional 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 children’s devel- opment, the development of private speech, and the role of make-believe play in develop- ment. 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 Radio’s Morning Edition and in Parents Magazine, Wondertime, and Reader’s Digest.

Berk has served as a research editor of Young Children, a consulting editor for Early Childhood Research Quarterly, and as an associate editor of the Journal of Cognitive Education and Psychology. She is a frequent contributor to edited volumes, having written the article on social development for The Child: An Encyclopedic Companion and the article on Vygotsky for The Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science. She is coauthor of the chap- ter on make-believe play and self-regulation in the Sage Handbook of Play in Early Child- hood and the chapter on psychologists writing textbooks in Career Paths in Psychology: Where Your Degree Can Take You, published by the American Psychological Association.

Berk’s books include Private Speech: From Social Interaction to Self-Regulation; Scaffolding Children’s Learning: Vygotsky and Early Childhood Education; Landscapes of Development: An Anthology of Readings; and A Mandate for Playful Learning in Pre- school: Presenting the Evidence. In addition to Exploring Lifespan Development, she is author of the best-selling texts Development Through the Lifespan, Child Development, and Infants, Children, and Adolescents, published by Pearson. Her book for parents and teachers is Awakening Children’s Minds: How Parents and Teachers Can Make a Difference.

Berk is active in work for children’s causes. She serves on the governing boards of the Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies and of Artolution, an organization devoted to engaging children, youths, and families in collaborative public art projects around the world as a means of promoting resilience and relief from trauma. Berk has been designated a YWCA Woman of Distinction for service in education. She is a fel- low of the American Psychological Association, Division 7: Developmental Psychology.

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