Introduction to research and theory of human development across the life span. Seminal theories and basic research of individual growth and development are analyzed and critiqued. Emphasis is on the range in human development with discussion of normative and non-normative development. Emphasis is also placed on the importance of understanding the influence of normative and non-normative contexts of development, including the impact of culture, heritage, socioeconomic level, personal health, and safety. Relations between home, school, and community and their impact on development are also explored via readings, lectures, discussions, and weekly observations in the field. Interrogation of implicit folk theories as a foundation for exploration of formal knowledge of human development.