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Children's Thinking : Developmental Function and Individual Differences,9780534356606
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Children's Thinking : Developmental Function and Individual Differences

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Edition:
3rd
ISBN13:

9780534356606

ISBN10:
0534356605
Media:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
7/23/1999
Publisher(s):
Wadsworth Publishing
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Summary

Understandable to both undergraduate and graduate students without sacrificing depth or intellectual honesty, David F. Bjorklund's dynamic book captures the excitement and essence of cognitive development. The author summarizes theory and research, offering breadth of coverage and an empirical presepctive. And as the title, CHILDREN'S THINKING: DEVELOPMENTAL FUNCTION AND INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES, would suggest, Bjorklund offers a unique theme, showing readers how the development function can help explain individual differences in cognition. Bjorklund emphasizes the continuous interaction between a child's biological constitution (including genetics) and his or her social environment. Rather than taking a selective approach, Bjorklund extensively summarizes theory and research, offering breadth of coverage and an empirical perspective.

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
1. AN INTRODUCTION TO COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT
Basic Concepts in Cognitive Development
Some Issues in Cognitive Development
Changes That Occur in Cognitive Development
Overview of the Remainder of the Book
2. BIOLOGICAL BASES OF COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT
Evolution and Cognitive Development
Models of Gene-Environment Interactions
The Development of the Brain
Relevance of Developmental Neuroscience to Understanding Cognitive Development and Implications fo Education
Developmental Biology and Cognitive Development
3. THE SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION OF MIND: SOCIOCULTURAL PERSPECTIVES ON COGNITIVE Development The Role of Culture in Cognitive Development
Implications for Education
Sociocultural Theory and Cognitive Development
4. PIAGET'S THEORY AND THE NEOPIAGETIANS
Some Assumptions of Piaget's Theory
Stages of Development
The State of Piaget's Theory Today
NeoPiagetian Theories
5. INFORMATION-PROCESSING APPROACHES
Assumptions of the Information-Processing Approaches
Information-Processing Perspectives on Development
Developmental Differences in the Efficiency of Processing
The Role of Strategies in Cognitive Development
Children's Knowledge Base and Cognitive Development
Attention
New Approaches to Developmental Differences in Information Processing
6. PERCEPTION
Perceptual Development Through Infancy
Perceptual Development Beyond Infancy
7. REPRESENTATION
Mental Representation Through Infancy
Learning to Use Symbols
Representational Changes Over Childhood: Evidence of Classification
8. MEMORY DEVELOPMENT
Memory Development in Infancy
Implicit Memory
Event Memory
Piagetian Research on Reconstructive Memory
The Development of Memory Strategies
Factors That Influence Children's Use of Memory Strategies
Consistency and Stability of Memory
Forgetting and Reminiscence
9. LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT
What Makes a Communication System a Language? Describing Children's Language Development
Some Theoretical Perspectives of Language Development
Gender Differences in Language Acquisition
Language and Thought
10. PROBLEM SOLVING AND REASONING
Problem Solving
Reasoning
11. SOCIAL COGNITION
Social Cognitive Theory
Social Information Processing
The Development of a Concept Self
Taking the Perspective of Another
Children's Humor
Cognitive Bases of Gender Identity
How "Special" is Social Cognition? 12. SCHOOLING AND COGNITION
The Development of Reading Skills
Children's Number and Arithmetic Concepts
Schooling and Cognitive Development
13. APPROACHES TO THE STUDY OF INTELLIGENCE
The Psychometric Approach to the Study of Intelligence
Information-Processing Approaches to the Study of Intelligence
Piagetian Approaches to the Study of Intelligence
Sternberg's Triarchic Theory of Intelligence
Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences
Ceci's Biological Theory of Intelligence
14. ORIGINS, MODIFICATION, AND STABILITY OF INTELLECTUAL DIFFERENCES
A Transactional Approach to the Study of Intelligence
Behavioral Genetics and the Heritability of Intelligence
Experience and Intelligence
The Stability of Intelligence
Epilogue
Glossary
References
Indices


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