The Development of Children’s Thinking
Its Social and Communicative Foundations
- Jeremy Carpendale - Simon Fraser University, Canada
- Charlie Lewis - Lancaster University, UK
- Ulrich Muller - University of Victoria - British Columbia, Canada
The focus of this book will be on infancy and childhood, and it looks at:
- Theories and context of development
- How developmental psychology attempts to reconcile influences of nature and nurture
- Communication in infancy as a precursor to later thinking
- Language development in primates and young children
- Cognitive and social development, including the child’s understanding of the mind
- How studies of moral reasoning reflect upon our understanding of development
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.
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.
Moreover, introducing each topic with a number of thought provoking questions, such as “What is morality?” and “How do children come to understand it?” will encourage readers to think critically about aspects of human development we all tend to take for granted. Drawing on the works of Piaget and Vygotsky, among others, readers will be encouraged to take an action-based approach to infant development which considers how infants learn through acting on their environment as well as through others responding to them.
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.
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
Sample Materials & Chapters
Chapter 7: Animal Communication & Language
Excerpt of Carpendale Ch 13: 288 & 290