The Development of Social Cognition and Communication [NOOK Book]

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For young children, two of the most important tasks they face are learning how to communicate and learning how to think about themselves and the social world around them. The premise of this book is that these two tasks are inherently linked. The communicative routines and language that children learn enable new modes of cognition, which in turn allow for more complex social interactions. The model of early child development that emerges is one in which equal importance is given to the socio-cultural context in ...
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The Development of Social Cognition and Communication

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Overview

For young children, two of the most important tasks they face are learning how to communicate and learning how to think about themselves and the social world around them. The premise of this book is that these two tasks are inherently linked. The communicative routines and language that children learn enable new modes of cognition, which in turn allow for more complex social interactions. The model of early child development that emerges is one in which equal importance is given to the socio-cultural context in which children are developing, and to the role played by children in actively constructing their own knowledge.

The book is organized into four thematic sections, each introduced by an integrative overview. The first section, "Language and Cognition," examines the function of language in young children's lives. The second section, "Intentionality and Communication," explores young children's understanding of intentions and their verbal and non-verbal communication. The third section, "Theory of Mind and Pedagogy," examines the ways in which developments in cognitive and communicative skills transform children's participation in the process of teaching and learning. The final section, "Narrative and Autobiographical Memory," looks at the effects of narrative on young children's understanding of themselves and their world. This book will be of great interest to anyone concerned with young children's learning and development.
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"...the book is a valuable contribution to researchers interested in development and communication. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of this area of research, the book's ultimate value may be in stimulating interest on the topic and future research. The book could easily be used for a graduate course on the development of communication...."

—PsycCRITIQUES
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781317778127
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/2/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

Preface
Foreword
I Language and cognition : section introduction
1 Cognitive functions of language in early childhood 7
2 Seeing objects as symbols and symbols as objects : language and the development of dual representation 29
3 On the possible roots of cognitive flexibility 53
II Intentionality and communication : section introduction
4 Perceiving social affordances : the development of emotional understanding 93
5 Discerning intentions : characterizing the cognitive system at play 117
6 Social referencing in infant motor action 145
7 Is joint attention necessary for early language learning? 165
8 Attachment, theory of mind, and delay of gratification 181
III Theory of mind and pedagogy : section introduction
9 Theory of mind, language, and learning in the early years : developmental origins of school readiness 205
10 Teaching and learning as intentional activities 231
11 Gesture in social interactions : a mechanism for cognitive change 259
IV Narrative and autobiographical memory : section introduction
12 Pathways of narrative meaning construction 291
13 Parent-child reminiscing and the construction of a subjective self 315
14 Autobiographical memory in the developmental niche : a cross-cultural perspective 337
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