About the Book

Dinesh Ramoo; Martha Lally; and Suzanne Valentine-French

This open textbook, Developmental Psychology – A Canadian Perspective, by Dinesh Ramoo at Brandon University is an adaptation of Lifespan Development – A Psychological Perspective by Martha Lally and Suzanne Valentine-French, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. This version was built from the adoption for PSYC 333 Fundamentals of Lifespan Development by Dr. Erin Barker at Concordia University, Montreal. Erin Barker’s adoption included H5P activities to which Dinesh Ramoo added further activities. Dinesh Ramoo’s adoption was supported by Campus Manitoba.

Dr Erin Barker’s version was replicated from the the original version on LibreTexts to Pressbooks. Minor changes were made throughout the book, including:

  • Relevant Canadian resources were added
  • H5P interactive activities were added
  • Formatting of figures and tables was improved (e.g. numbering, positions, captions)
  • Alt-text was added to all images and photos

Dr Dinesh Ramoo’s adaptation:

  • Incorporated information for the Canadian context into each chapter
  • Added information on indigenous knowledge
  • Replaced statistics and graphs from the United States with information from Canada
  • Replaced most of the images along with alt-text
  • Added new H5P interactive activities
  • Rearranged existing H5P activities into relevant parts of each chapter
  • Created chapter summaries

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This open textbook was developed as a part of the Campus Manitoba OpenEd Program at Brandon University. For more information, please contact open@campusmanitoba.ca.

Preface from the original version on LibreTexts:

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  1. UNESCO. "Open Educational Resources (OER)". Accessed January 19, 2021. https://en.unesco.org/themes/building-knowledge-societies/oer

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