Provides students with a portrayal of development covering the whole amazing range of human cultural diversity around the world, with particular attention to Australia and New Zealand. Cultural approach: with close attention to development in our own part of the world as well as beyond. Child development is protrayed as it takes place across all the different varieties of cultural patterns that people have devised in response to their local conditions and the creative inspiration of their imaginations. Local and global focus: explores a balance of examples of research from Australia, New Zealand, the US, and throughout the world, students will learn how culture shapes human development at all stages of the lifespan. Dedicated coverage of toddlerhood and emerging adulthood: two separate chapters providing specific coverage of the crucial developmental changes, and the influence culture can have, on these lifes stages.