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Why the frog on the cover of the texts?

The Chinese have an expression that loosely translates as “the frog in the well knows not the great ocean,” and it is often used as a cautionary reminder to look beyond our own experience and not assume that what is true for ourselves is true for everyone else as well. All of us are like that frog, in a way. We’ve grown up in a certain culture (or cultures). We’ve learned to think about life in a certain way. And most of us don’t realize how broad and diverse our world really is. The goal of our texts is to rise out of the well together, by taking a cultural approach to understanding development.


Arnett, J. J., & Jensen, L. A. (2019). Human Development: A Cultural Approach, 3e. New York: Pearson.

The third edition of this best-selling textbook presents a portrayal of development that covers the whole amazing range of human cultural diversity. Every chapter incorporates the latest and most important research. There are also new videos, interactive figures and maps, journaling questions, and opportunities to apply new knowledge.

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Jensen, L. A., & Arnett, J. J. (2018). Child Development Worldwide: A Cultural Approach, 1e. New York: Pearson.

Each chapter in this topically-organized text casts a vivid light on children’s development. This first edition takes an unprecedented approach in several ways. Unlike other texts, it aims for readers to think culturally about development; it covers the full scope of contemporary child development from conception through emerging adulthood; and it includes highly diverse contexts of development such as school, work, and media. The interactive digital version of the print text inaugurates a “Breaking Developments” feature (uploaded every January and July) that provides succinct summaries of landmark new research and cultural trends.

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