Human Growth and Development
Study Guide Specifications
CLEP exams are administered at colleges and universities
The science of human growth and development is an interdisciplinary field. It seeks to understand patterns of continuity and change in individuals over the lifespan. In doing so, it draws broadly upon research findings and theoretical perspectives from both the biological and social sciences. The subject matter of this field is commonly represented in the college curriculum within psychology course offerings entitled "Lifespan Development." It is the goal of this study guide to provide the reader with a concise review of the core concepts, theory and research usually found in such a course.
Unit One provides an overview. This includes a brief history of the discipline and an introduction to the broad issues and theoretical perspectives that have traditionally guided research in the field. Foundational concepts and research methods are examined, and the classic studies and theorists of the discipline are identified.
Units Two through Ten provide more specific detail. They are organized sequentially to provide information about particular segments of the lifespan, beginning with prenatal origins and ending with death. Within each temporal segment, patterns of development are examined with regard to their respective physical, cognitive, and socio-emotional dimensions.
At the end of each unit, there is a series of questions that highlight the central points of the unit. Responding to the questions will reemphasize the central themes and study objectives of each unit. Questions offered include essay and multiple-choice alternatives. The essay questions consider broader topics, while the multiple-choice questions ask specific information. At the end of the series of questions, an answer key is provided.
At the end of the study guide is a practice examination, similar in structure to the CLEP Examination. Taking the practice exam will assist the reader in preparing for the CLEP exam; it will help with the practice of time management skills in test taking, and it will provide an indication of studying progress with regard to knowledge of particular content areas. At the end of the practice exam, an answer key is provided.