Carpendale, Lewis and Muller have written a serious, historically-grounded introduction to the deep controversies that lie beneath the busy surface of contemporary research in developmental psychology. This is textbook on thinking that is aimed at thoughtful students.
Although this book encompasses research spanning more than a century; it never falls into the trap of ignoring recent and groundbreaking new findings.
This is a valuable resource for students and lectures alike.
This engaging textbook uses great [real-life] examples and observations of infants and children to illustrate various approaches to conceptualizing early social, communicative, and moral development. The text encourages readers to think critically about presuppositions originating in various theories and world views regarding the nature of the human mind and how infants learn to make sense of their environment.
When presenting often quite intricate topics, the authors offer cohesively organized and highly attentive to details study material while allowing space for critical thinking and further discussion. As such, presented numerous examples are great helping tools for material comprehension and orientation to a real-life setting.
I like that the textbook begins with a summary chapter and biology chapter, as I think these provided an excellent base to distinguish how the theories of children’s development differ in regards to their worldviews and biological perspectives. Another feature of this textbook which I appreciated was that after describing each theory, it also gave criticisms of it. I think by doing so, I was forced to think deeper about the topics, which again led to me having a concrete understanding of the material.
This textbook is one of the very few that makes me want to continue flipping through the pages because of its interesting content and how easy it was to read. The authors did an amazing job synthesizing existing literature and contrasting theories, as well as exerting their positions in these debates while allowing readers to form their own stance regarding the topic at hand. I find it very admirable that they do not try to impose their opinions on you. The witty and light-hearted examples included throughout the text also turned this academic work into such an enjoyable read!
With minimal jargon, clear language, and plenty of examples, the authors offer both a tour of social and communicative development, as well as a comprehensive argument regarding how development should be conceptualized. Drawing from relational views of development tracing back from George Herbert Mead, Jean Piaget, and Lev Vygotsky, to more modern thinkers and theories, this book argues convincingly for placing the developing child within a developmental system.
It is refreshing to find an accessible, engaging text that addresses the interplay between socio-emotional processes and the development of children’s thinking – this, together with the inclusion of contemporary literature, examples and video clips, make the book a ‘must read’ for students of Developmental Psychology.
A splendidly innovative textbook! It presents a fresh and lively view of cognitive development embedded in social interaction. By integrating the classic theories of Piaget and Vygotsky, so often set against each other, the authors show how biological and social factors interact in the development of language, social understanding, and morality. Highly recommended!
Professors Carpendale, Mueller, and Lewis have written a unique and invaluable textbook. Although honoring the philosophical and scientific history of diverse treatments of cognitive development, they convey the exciting and empirically rich contributions being made by contemporary developmental scientists framing their research through using dynamic, relational models of human development.
The Development of Children’s Thinking presents an action based, constructivist, systems approach to development — offering an integrated perspective from biology to cognition to sociality to morality. This book is an essential corrective and alternative to dominant cognitivist and Cartesian theoretical perspectives.
At last! A textbook that gives the social dimension of cognitive development its due
In The Development of Children's Thinking, Carpendale, Mueller, and Lewis provide a refreshing, engaging, and much-needed description of child development that underlines eloquently the need to view development holistically and in context.
Focuses on deeper aspects of development than just ELGs and observing them.
This book locates the development of children's thinking in a psycho-social context, describing in succinct detail the major theories of which students should be aware. Sufficient detail It is included and the material is well set out, with helpful text boxes that highlight key learning points. Video examples of teaching points are signposted. This will serve the needs of a range of students who are studying child and adolescent psychotherapy.
Easy to read text that evaluated theories for children’s development clearly for students to develop their analysis of key points to explore in more detail; gaining a better understanding of theoretical perspectives.
A useful resource for my students.
Comprehensive and accessible guide
A detailed and critical analysis of both traditional and contemporary theories of cognitive development
Innovastive and easy to digest. Great book