Cognitive Development and Learning in Instructional Contexts

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-09-18
  • Publisher: Pearson

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KEYBENEFIT:This book uses practical applications and an accessible writing style to present a summary of psychological research on students'learning of academic subject areas. The text is organized into three main sections. 1. General principles of learning, memory, intelligence, problem-solving, and motivation that apply to any school-related skill. 2. Specific developmental trends in the acquisition of skills in the areas of reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies. 3. Understanding gender and ethnic differences in achievement. For educators.

Table of Contents

Why This Book Was Written
Two Central Constructs
Why Study Developmental and Individual Differences? Common Themes across Chapters
Theories of Cognitive Development and Learning
Thorndike's Theory
Piaget's Theory
Schema Theory
Information Processing Theory
Vygotsky's Theory
Connectionist Theories
The Nature of Human Memory
Factors Related to Enhance Memory
The Development of Memory
Instructional Implications
Higher-Order Thinking
Developmental Approaches
Definitional Approaches
The Transfer of Skills
Instructional Implications
The Nature of Motivation
The Development of Motivation
Individual Differences in Motivation
Instructional Implications
Agechanges in Specific Subject Areas
Beginning Reading
The Nature of Skilled Reading
The Development of Skilled Reading
Individual Differences in Skilled Reading
Instructional Implications
Reading Comprehension
The Nature of Reading Comprehension
Developmental Trends in Reading Comprehension
Individual Differences in Reading Comprehension
Instructional Implications
The Nature of Writing
The Development of Writing Skills
Individual Differences in Writing Ability
Instructional Implications
Mathematics Learning
The Nature of Mathematical Knowledge and Skills
The Development of Mathematical Skills
Individual Differences in Math Skills
Instructional Implications
Scientific Thinking
The Importance and Nature of High-Order Scientific Thinking
The Development of Scientific Knowledge and Skills
Individual Differences in Scientific Thinking
Implications for Teaching
Social Studies Learning
Expertise in the Social Studies
The Development of Social Studies Knowledge and Skills
Individual Differences in Social Studies Knowledge
Instructional Implications
Explaining Individual Differences
Effect Sizes
Explaining Gender Differences
Explaining Ethnic Differences
Instructional Implications
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