The Learning Brain
By (author) Usha Claire Goswami
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Cognitive Development by Usha Claire Goswami
Book DescriptionCognitive Development: The Learning Brain is a thoroughly revised and updated edition of the bestselling Cognition in Children. This full-color textbook has been re-written from the perspective of brain science and shows how new discoveries in cognitive neuroscience force us to reconsider traditional theories of cognitive development. Goswami considers the established base of cognitive developmental psychology and demonstrates how new data from brain science require a new theoretical framework based on learning. This book presents a new paradigm for teaching cognitive development, going beyond Piaget to learning and the brain. Conceptualizing cognitive development around three core domains of human knowledge - naive physics, naive biology and naive psychology - the book considers the learning mechanisms available to the infant brain. Each chapter explores how these mechanisms affect different aspects of cognitive development. Starting with the development of these foundational domains in infancy, Goswami goes on to consider social cognition, language acquisition, causal learning and explanation-based reasoning, and theory of mind. Later chapters explore memory, reasoning, metacognition, executive functions, reading and numbers. The final chapter analyzes the contribution of more traditional theoretical perspectives (Piaget and Vygotsky), linking these to connectionism and neuroconstructivism. The intimate links between language acquisition and symbolic systems, cognitive development and social/cultural learning form the core of the book. This valuable textbook is essential reading for teachers and students of developmental and cognitive psychology, as well as education, language and the learning sciences. It will also be of interest to anyone training to work with infants and children. Cognitive Development: The Learning Brain is supported by online Student and Instructor Resources, access to which is free of charge to adopters of the book and their students.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781841695310
(246mm x 189mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Psychology Press Ltd
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 21-Dec-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Usha Claire Goswami
Phonological Skills and Learning to Read, Paperback (May 2016)
Originally published: Hove: Lawrence Erlbaum, c1990. With new introduction.
Child Psychology: A Very Short Introduction, Paperback (November 2014)
This Very Short Introduction tracks child development from birth to early adolescence. Exploring the process of attachment and psychological relationships, as well as methods of active learning, including language and reasoning, Usha Goshwami explains how children develop as they do and how we can understand developmental differences.
Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Childhood Cognitive Development, Paperback (November 2013)
Few areas of research have yielded more exciting results in recent years than studies on infant and childhood cognition.
Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Learning to Read, Paperback (March 2010)» View all books by Usha Claire Goswami
Brings together different disciplinary perspectives and studies on learning to read with a view to extending and enriching debate, practice, research and policy on the development of reading.
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Author Biography - Usha Claire Goswami
Usha Goswami is Professor of Education at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge. She is also Director of the Faculty's Centre for Neuroscience in Education. Prior to moving back to Cambridge in 2003, she was Professor of Cognitive Developmental Psychology at the Institute of Child Health, University College London 1997 - 2003, and before that, she was University Lecturer in Experimental Psychology at the University of Cambridge, 1990-1997.
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