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Generally speaking, books on cognitive development either focus on internal mechanisms without giving much attention or credence to the external world, or emphasize a contextual approach without considering genetic and other biological factors. This unique volume considers influences from within and from outside the child and seeks to address how these influences interact — both with the child and with each other — to direct the development of children's thinking. The chapters include research on biological factors, on family and cultural influences, and on specific intervention programs that affect this development. Top researchers present a diversity of views in their up-to-date syntheses of recent anthropological, educational, medical, psychological, and sociological findings.
Contents: L. Okagaki, Introduction: Influences on the Development of Children's Thinking. Part I:Biological Factors Influencing Cognitive Development. S. Scarr, A. Ricciuti, What Effects Do Parents Have on Their Children? L. Beckwith, C. Rodning, Intellectual Functioning in Children Born Preterm: Recent Research. H.N. Ricciuti, Malnutrition and Cognitive Development: Research-Policy Linkages and Current Research Directions. Part II:Social Factors Influencing Cognitive Development. E.W. Gordon, E. Armour-Thomas, Culture and Cognitive Development. L. Okagaki, R.J. Sternberg, Cultural and Parental Influences on Cognitive Development. I. Sigel, E.T. Stinson, J. Flaugher, Socialization of Representational Competence in the Family: The Distancing Paradigm. Part III:School and Intervention Programs. J.D. Bransford, S.R. Goldman, N.J. Vye, Making a Difference in Peoples' Abilities to Think: Reflections on a Decade of Work and Some Hopes for the Future. K. McCartney, E. Howley, Parents as Instruments of Intervention in Home-Based Preschool Programs. R.B. Darlington, The Long-Term Effects of Model Preschool Programs. J. Shimron, School and Family: The Collaborative Way. H.W. Stevenson, C. Chen, S-Y. Lee, A.J. Fuligni, Schooling, Culture, and Cognitive Development. R.J. Sternberg, Directors of Development: A Play in an Unknown Number of Acts.