Berger, Invitation to the Life Span, 3e

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LaunchPad contains resources for you and your students. In this tutorial, we'll take a detailed look at both types separately. Let's begin with student resources. Click the following link to go to the landing page of LaunchPad for Invitation to the Life Span.

What resources are available for my students?

From your LaunchPad home page, click Resources, then Content by Type. You'll see a list of all the resources available to your students. We'll now take a closer look at each.


Case Study Exercises

Students are given individual case studies where they are given a scenario and various external internet links and asked to diagnose or form opinions on real world psychological problems or situations.


Chapter Intro Videos

Each chapter has an introductory video that briefly walks students through all the topics that will be covered in the chapter. The introductory videos use quick clips that relate to topic material to connect concepts with real world situations.


Data Connections

Understanding how to use data is an important part of what students learn in their courses. Data is a crucial part of understanding that developmental science is a science – and not just common sense. In this edition, we have created interactive activities based on important data from rates of breastfeeding to risk-taking in adolescence. These are designed for students to be able to practice manipulating data. These interactive activities are designed to engage students, make them more active learners, help them retain important material and develop a deeper understanding for the quantitative data that we use in development.



LaunchPad’s e-Book integrates the text with an assortment of media-powered learning tools, and a variety of customization options for students and instructors. Worth’s acclaimed e-Book platform was developed by a cognitive psychologist (PhD, Yale University) who taught undergraduate psychology at the University of Massachusetts.



Virtual flashcards are available for every key term. Students can view these in stack mode, table mode, definitions shown, terms shown, or use quiz mode to test themselves.


Frequently Asked Questions

The LaunchPad unit contains an information page for Frequently Asked Questions about Developmental Psychology that answers basic questions about the subject and provides various web links to sites with more information.



Developed in light of the latest advances in learning research, LearningCurve’s game-like adaptive quizzing is available for every chapter or module of the text.

LearningCurve provides a unique learning path for each student, with quizzes shaped by each individual’s correct and incorrect answers. The less a student knows about a topic, the more LearningCurve focuses on it. And the better a student does, the more difficult the questions become. Feedback for each question includes live links to e-Book pages relevant to the topic at hand, guiding students to the reading they need to do to address areas that are giving them difficulty.

Because LearningCurve is a formative assessment and not graded on a A-F scale, many instructors have found it to be an ideal source for pre-lecture assignments, with students coming to class more prepared to participate. LearningCurve is equally effective when used as a post-lecture review. Instructors have also found that making LearningCurve a small percentage of the overall grade further incentivizes students to take advantage of it when preparing for class.


Practice Quizzes

Every chapter offers a pre-built practice quiz which is built using pools of questions from each section of the text. This allows students to take the quiz multiple times for practice and receive randomized questions on the same topic. It also allows instructors to use these quizzes for higher stakes as each attempt will offer differing questions on similar material.


Video Activities

There are a variety of video clips (with assessment) available to accompany the text, highlighting fundamental research, intriguing case studies, and high-impact news events.



In collaboration with dozens of instructors and researchers, Worth has produced more than 200 video clips for classroom or online use in human development--a collection that covers the full range of the course, from classic experiments (like the Strange Situation and Piaget's conservation tasks) to investigations of children's play, adolescent risk taking, or the devastation of Alzheimer disease.


What resources are available for instructors?

From the same screen where you've been viewing student resources, you can scroll down to see those available to instructors. Let's now take a closer look at each.


Answers to What Have You Learned?

Instructors are provided answers for the “What Have You Learned?” questions students are asked that test knowledge and retention.


Chapter Figures, Photos, and Tables

Instructors are provided with a downloadable folder containing all the photos from each chapter.


Clicker Questions

Each chapter includes presentation slides with multiple choice critical thinking questions made to be used with an iClicker during lectures.


Downloadable Test Bank

Instructors can download the test bank (based on Diploma software) for either PCs or Macs.


Image Slides

Instructors are provided with presentation slides of all the images from each chapter.


Instructor Resources

A PDF and Word version of an Instructor Resources packet that includes lecture outlines, learning objectives, key terms, media resources, discussions, and handouts to aid with student learning is available for each chapter.


Interactive Presentation Slides

This series of “next generation” presentation slides gives instructors a dynamic, yet easy-to-use way to engage students during classroom presentations. Each lecture provides opportunities for discussion and interaction, and includes a wide array of embedded video clips and animations.


Lecture Slides

Each chapter includes pre-assembled presentation slides that can be used during lectures.


NAEYC Standards

This resource clearly outlines the standards tested in the NAEYC and correlates them to the concepts covered in the text.



This resource clearly outlines the standards tested in the NCLEX-RN Test and correlates them to the concepts covered in the text.

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