Summary

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.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.
©2002 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2002 The Great Courses
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5 out of 5 stars
By Rachel on 07-07-14

Excellent, easy to listen to and informative

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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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Elizabeth Barnard on 27-06-15

wow!

brilliant book, really helped me to understand human behaviour and helped me with my university course in child development.

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By Mark on 11-02-14

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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4 out of 5 stars
By A on 10-02-14

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.

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