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Theories of Human Development

In these 24 lectures, probe the field of "human development"; the science that studies how we learn and develop psychologically, from birth to the end of life. This very young science not only enables us to understand children and help them develop optimally, but also gives us profound insights into who we are as adults. Professor Watson introduces you to the six theories that have had perhaps the greatest influence on this field
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In these 24 lectures, probe the field of "human development"; the science that studies how we learn and develop psychologically, from birth to the end of life. This very young science not only enables us to understand children and help them develop optimally, but also gives us profound insights into who we are as adults.

Professor Watson introduces you to the six theories that have had perhaps the greatest influence on this field. Each of them has had a pervasive impact on the way we think about and see ourselves. Among the theories you'll encounter are Sigmund Freud's psychodynamic theory (including such concepts as the Oedipus Complex and the five stages of psycho-sexual development), Erik Erikson's psycho-social theory (which gave rise to the term "identity crisis"), and Albert Bandura's social learning theory (influential in such areas as the effect of media violence on children).

You'll meet the people who formulated each theory, become familiar with their philosophical backgrounds and the historical contexts in which they worked, and study the specific processes of human development that each theory describes. Along the way, you'll evaluate the strength and weaknesses of each theory. How do these six theories complement or contradict one another? What do they tell us, as a whole, about human development?

These lectures aren't simply about learning, behavior, and relationships in youth, but at any age. Taken as a whole, they provide our best answers to the questions of human nature-how we learn, adapt, and become who we are at every stage in life.

Disclaimer: Please note that this recording may include references to supplemental texts or print references that are not essential to the program and not supplied with your purchase.

©2002 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2002 The Great Courses

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    A Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 02-10-14
    A Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 02-10-14 Member Since 2012
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    "A basic first year course in human development"
    Would you listen to Theories of Human Development again? Why?

    Great if you're a psych student and want to review first-year material on Freud, Erikson and Piaget. Or good if you're just interested in psychology and don't know much about the topic


    What does Professor Malcolm W. Watson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Makes the concepts clear with apt analogies.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sparrow Marin County, CA 10-20-13
    Sparrow Marin County, CA 10-20-13
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    "Exceptional; Entertaining; Comprehensive"
    What did you love best about Theories of Human Development?

    As a student of Psychology with a long commute, I was looking for a good review of Developmental Psy. WOW!! I've taken Developmental Psychology in two different classroom formats (at the University level) but the material has never been presented so clearly, or so well.

    The author also reads with enthusiasm (not over the top, but like a real human begin engaged in the topic rather than a robot reading a script which I find REALLY off-putting). I often find myself saying "I really like this guy" while I'm listening -- and would love to take a course from him in person! I just wish he had more courses listed here!

    SUPERB -- suitable for students of Psychology and laypersons alike. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


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    What about Professor Malcolm W. Watson’s performance did you like?

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    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    LOVED IT!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Staten Island, NY, United States 02-11-14
    Mark Staten Island, NY, United States 02-11-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great CLEP review"
    Where does Theories of Human Development rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the first audible book I've used and I used it as preparation for the Human Growth and Development CLEP exam. I thought that the speaker spoke very slowly so I had to increase the speed to 2x. Once that was done I would calmly listen to it in the car. I really enjoyed all the examples the author provided as they are very applicable to current psychology beliefs and practices. My one complaint/suggestion was that the ecological systems theory wasn't explained; macrosystems, exosystems, microsystem, mesosystem, chronosystem, etc. Additionally, I don't think this lecture series really stressed the importance of operant conditioning and the difference between that and classical conditioning. If it could be done, I'd ask for the same lecturer to just go into those aspects a bit more. I supplemented these lectures with CLEP practice questions (an 80 question practice exam), and the Developmental Psychology Outline from Kaplans GRE psychology book.


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    Theodore St. Benedict, OR, United States 12-23-13
    Theodore St. Benedict, OR, United States 12-23-13 Member Since 2006
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    Would you try another book from The Great Courses and/or Professor Malcolm W. Watson?

    No, Dr. Watson generalizes and paints with broad strokes and his historical overviews of the history of view of children and philosophy is totally under developed, to the extent that they are close to being inaccurate.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    a book on neuroscience


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It has some moments and if the listener just skip a few of early lectures they can get so some good material.


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    Where does Theories of Human Development rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Theories of Human Development?

    The Freudian theories of development


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    n/a but it would be difficult to describe as I enjoyed all of it


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both at times, but I am an emotional mother!


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth a listen, even if it is revision, I am a speciality trainee in child psychiatry so I have studied this twice (once at university and once for professional membership exams) and it was still interesting and increased my knowledge and understanding

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