Children's Minds

Children's Minds

by Margaret Donaldson

Hardcover(1st American ed)

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Children's Minds by Margaret Donaldson

Developmental psychologist Margaret Donaldson shows that much of the intellectual framework on which we base our teaching is misleading. We both underestimate the astonishing rational powers of young children and ignore the major stumbling block that children face when starting school.

Given a setting and a language that makes sense to them in human terms, very young children can perform tasks often thought to be beyond them. The preschool child learns everything in a human situation. Only in school is he asked to acquire skills—reading, writing, arithmetic—isolated from a real-life context. This transition is difficult.

The author suggests a range of strategies that parents and schools can adopt to help children. She argues that reading is even more important than we have thought it to be, since learning to read ca actually speed children through the crucial transition.

This book is an essential source of guidance for parents and all who contribute to a child's education.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393011852
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 03/28/1979
Edition description: 1st American ed
Pages: 166
Lexile: 1210L (what's this?)

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