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Entering the Child's Mind teaches the "clinical interview" as a technique for gaining insight into a child's way of thinking. In the tradition of Piaget and Vygotsky, Dr. Ginsburg argues that standardized instruments of evaluation often fail to meet the challenges of complex cognition. He presents the clinical interview as a powerful tool that, when understood and used properly, can provide psychologists with a profound appreciation for children's thinking. This book represents the first comprehensive treatment of the theory and practice of the clinical interview method.
Presents guidelines to help conduct clinical interviews, how to evaluate them, incl. case study.
1. The need to move beyond standardized methods; 2. What is the clinical interview? Where did it come from? Why do it?; 3. What happens in the clinical interview; 4. Not a cookbook: guidelines for conducting a clinical interview; 5. Evaluating clinical interviews: how good are they; 6. Towards the future: the clinical interview and the curriculum; Appendix.