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Learning to Learn: Ways to Nurture Your Child's Intelligence

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What is intelligence? Is our success in life predetermined by the level of intelligence with which we are born? If not, if intelligence can be influenced by life experience, what can a parent or an educator do to help raise the intelligence of a child? Learning to Learn: Ways to Nurture Your Child's Intelligence is the provocative response to these and other important questions posed by concerned students, parents, and teachers, as these issues take on international significance. Dr. Angela Browne-Miller, an ...
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Overview

What is intelligence? Is our success in life predetermined by the level of intelligence with which we are born? If not, if intelligence can be influenced by life experience, what can a parent or an educator do to help raise the intelligence of a child? Learning to Learn: Ways to Nurture Your Child's Intelligence is the provocative response to these and other important questions posed by concerned students, parents, and teachers, as these issues take on international significance. Dr. Angela Browne-Miller, an esteemed educator and clinical social worker, offers important guidance to promote cognitive development in children and to help adults investigate the potential of their own intelligences. She describes methods of stimulating mental abilities and intellectual performance. Dr. Browne-Miller contends that children can be taught how to concentrate, to think, to organize their thoughts - and, ultimately, how to be intelligent. The essence of this excellent book's message is that parents and teachers can create a reality in which children's spirits and minds flourish, providing we all develop our own understanding of mental ability and consciousness. To this end, the author explains how common assumptions regarding intelligence affect parents' views of their mental capabilities and those of their children. Dr. Browne-Miller delves into a number of controversial biological and genetic views regarding intelligence and examines their influence on the development of mental ability. After a close look at the influence of family life on children's mental ability, the author describes in depth the vital criteria for selecting preschools and elementary schools, taking special care to delineate signs of abuse and neglect as found in a number of such settings. She examines the transitions a child makes from the home to the educational setting, where school success and school problems emerge. For example, the author illustrates how "educational labeling" and "tracking" an
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Jo Peer-Haas
Browne-Miller, a clinical social worker, believes that intelligence levels are not only genetically determined but can be positively influenced by nurturing environments. She includes chapters on how to evaluate schools, what both the folkloric and scientific definitions of intelligence are, and developing children's intellectual abilities. She addresses both parents and teachers, and her book is a cut above the usual teach-your-baby-to-be-a-genius sort.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306446474
  • Publisher: Perseus Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/1/1994
  • Pages: 270
  • Product dimensions: 5.77 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction to Cognitive Potential 1
Ch. 2 The Folklore on Intelligence 11
Ch. 3 Scientific Definitions of Intelligence and the Freedom of Thought 31
Ch. 4 Modern Education and Intelligence 43
Ch. 5 Evaluating Your Choice of Preschools and Schools 59
Ch. 6 Easing the Transition from Home to School 79
Ch. 7 The Child in the Family Environment 93
Ch. 8 The Child in the Physical Environment 123
Ch. 9 Developing Children's Mental Abilities 139
Ch. 10 Learning to Learn 157
Ch. 11 Learning How to Think 171
Ch. 12 Teaching Creativity and Consciousness Technology 189
Ch. 13 More Consciousness Technology: The Roles of Self-Esteem and Spiritual Struggle in Intelligence Enhancement 205
Ch. 14 Building People for Tomorrow 221
Notes 233
Index 239
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