The Child as Thinker
2nd Revised edition
By (author) Sara Meadows
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Child as Thinker by Sara Meadows
Book DescriptionThis second edition of The Child as Thinker has been thoroughly revised and updated to provide an informed and accessible overview of the varied and extensive literature on children's cognition. Both theory and research data are critically examined and educational implications are discussed. After a brief discussion of the nature and subject of cognition, Sara Meadows reviews children's thinking in detail. She discusses the ways children remember and organise information in general, the acquisition of skills such as reading, writing and arithmetic, and the development of more complex reasoning as children grow to maturity. As well as studies that typically describe a generalised child, the book also reviews some of the main areas relevant to individual differences in normal cognitive development, and critically examines three major models of cognitive development. In outlining the work of Piaget, information-processing accounts and neo-Vygotskian theories, she also evaluates their different explanations of cognitive development and their implications for education. Finally, the book examines biological and social factors that may be involved in normal and suboptimal cognitive development. Sara Meadows provides an important review of the crucial issues involved in understanding cognitive development and of the new data and models that have emerged in the last few years. This book brings together areas and approaches that have hitherto been independent, and examines their strengths and weaknesses. The Child as Thinker is essential reading for all students of cognitive development.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781841695129
(234mm x 156mm x 34mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 20-Apr-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Sara Meadows
Child as Social Person, Paperback (December 2009)
Offers an integrated overview of the field of developmental social psychology. This book is suitable for advanced undergraduate students in psychology, education and social work.
Parenting Behaviour and Children's Cognitive Development, Paperback (October 1996)
The purpose of this book is to examine theories and evidence carefully in order to assess the causal links between parent behaviour and children's cognitive development.
Understanding Child Development, Paperback (July 1986)» View all books by Sara Meadows
This readable text provides an exceptionally clear overview of the whole field of child development, from birth to adolescence. The author draws upon studies from a wide range of disciplines and shows how these contribute to our understanding of child development, clearly demonstrating how the information can be applied at home and school.
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Author Biography - Sara Meadows
Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol
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