How the Child's Mind Develops
By David Cohen
Routledge – 2002 – 224 pages
* How do we get from helpless baby to knowing, ironic teenager?
* Is cognition a question of learning and environment or heredity?
* What impact do television and computers have on cognitive development?
Cognitive Development - how we learn to think, perceive, remember, talk, reason and learn - is a central topic in the field of psychology. In this highly readable book, David Cohen discusses the key theories, research and controversies that have shaped and informed our knowledge of how the child's mind develops. He shows how the questions and issues that have intrigued psychologists over the past hundred years or so relate to the child growing up in the 21st century.
This book is for everyone who lives with, works with or studies children. Issues such as learning to read and write, performance in the classroom, and measuring intelligence and ability are covered, as are child crime and the development of morality. The effects on cognitive development of social change and increased exposure to television and computers are also discussed.
How the Child's Mind Develops provides an integrated and thought-provoking account of the central issues in cognitive development. It will provide the professional, parent and student with an invaluable introduction to the development of the mind.
Whether you're a teacher, a psychology student or just a baffled parent, if you've ever wanted to take the top off a child's head, peer inside and see what's really going on inside those funny little brains of theirs, David Cohen has the answer. An entertaining, comprehensive, and highly readable book. -Virginia Ironside
This is an excellent book. It summarises a great many issues in cognitive development in ways that are clear and accessible to the reader. -Nicky Hayes