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This book offers a unified account of major research findings and theories on the development of children's thinking from infancy to adolescence as well as the practical implications. The book examines the change processes of development, as well as the nature of the changes in language, perception, memory, conceptual understanding, and problem-solving that mark cognitive development. Eight central themes presented in the first chapter integrate and unify the presentation. It examines emerging topics such as the possibility of multiple intelligences, the influence of the social environment on children's thinking, and the role of principles in guiding learning. It discusses how children learn reading, writing, and mathematical skills, and details the learning abilities of blind, deaf, gifted, and retarded children. It highlights the major theories of cognitive development; Piaget, neo-Piagetian, information-processing, sociocultural, theory-theory, connectionist, and multiple intelligences. This is a valuable book for any parent or professional who wishes or needs a greater understanding of the ways in which children — from infants to adolescents — learn and develop.
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Provides an overview of children's cognitive development, including Piaget's theory of development; information-processing theories of development; perceptual, language, memory, and conceptual development; problem solving; development of academic skills; and conclusions and future challenges. Last edition published in 1991. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780133979107
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference
  • Publication date: 8/5/1997
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 411
  • Product dimensions: 6.98 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1 An Introduction to Children's Thinking 1
2 Piaget's Theory of Development 24
3 Information-Processing Theories of Development 63
4 Perceptual Development 101
5 Language Development 139
6 Memory Development 173
7 Conceptual Development 212
8 Problem Solving 247
9 Development of Academic Skills 282
10 Conclusions for the Present: Challenges for the Future 318
References 352
Author Index 393
Subject Index 405
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