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Children's Thinking Cognitive Development and Individual Differences

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ISBN-10: 0534622453

ISBN-13: 9780534622459

Edition: 4th 2005 (Revised)

Authors: David F. Bjorklund

List price: $155.95
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A comprehensive book supported by extensive research studies and data, Bjorklund's text presents the broadest coverage of topics in cognitive development. Unlike other books, Bjorklund shows readers how developmental function can help explain individual differences in cognition by covering both the typical pattern of change in thinking observed over time and the individual differences in children's thinking in infancy and childhood. A major theme of this book is the continuous transaction between the child embedded in a social world: although a child is born prepared to make some sense of the world, his or her mind is also shaped by forces in the physical and social environment.
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Book details

List price: $155.95
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 1/5/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 624
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.046
Language: English

An Introduction to Cognitive Development
Basic Concepts in Cognitive Development
Some Issues in Cognitive Development
Changes That Occur in Cognitive Development
Overview of the Remainder of the Book
Summary
Biological Bases of Cognitive Development
Evolution and Cognitive Development
Models of Gene-Environment Interaction
The Development of the Brain
Developmental Biology and Cognitive Development
Summary
The Social Construction of Mind: Sociocultural Perspectives on Cognitive Development
The Role of Culture in Cognitive Development
Implications for Education
Sociocultural Theory and Cognitive Development
Summary
Piaget and the Neo-Piagetians
Some Assumptions of Piaget's Theory
Stages of Development
The State of Piaget's Theory Today
Neo-Piagetian Theories
Summary
Information-Processing Approaches
Assumptions of Information-Processing Approaches
Information-Processing Perspectives on Development
Capacity and Cognitive Development
Learning How Not to Respond: Inhibition and Resistance to Interference
The Role of Knowledge Base in Cognitive Development
Fuzzy-Trace Theory
Connectionist Perspective of Developmental Change
Summary
Learning to Think on Their Own: The Role of Strategies in Cognitive Development
The Development of Strategies
Strategies and Metacognition
Culture and Strategies
How Do Children's Strategies Develop?
Strategies in the Classroom
Summary
Infant Perception
Basic Perceptual Abilities of Young Infants
Some Methodologies Used to Assess Infant Perception
Auditory Development
The Development of Visual Perception
Intermodal Integration
Category Representation
Infant Perception: A Successful Past and a Bright Future
Summary
Spatial Cognition
The Development of Spatial Abilities in Infants and Toddlers
Spatial Cognition Beyond Infancy
Gender Differences in Spatial Cognition
The Development of Spatial Abilities in Perspective
Summary
Representation
Mental Representation Through Infancy
Learning to Use Symbols
Children's Theory of Mind
Classification
Summary
Memory Development
Memory Development in Infancy
Implicit Memory
The Development of Event Memory
Children as Eyewitnesses
Consistency and Stability of Memory
Forgetting
Summary
Language Development
What Makes a Communication System a Language?
Describing Children's Language Development
Some Theoretical Perspectives of Language Development
Gender Differences in Language Acquisition
Language and Thought
Summary
Problem Solving and Reasoning
Problem Solving
Tool Use
Planning
Reasoning
Summary
Social Cognition
Social Learning
Social Cognitive Theory
Cultural Learning
Social Information Processing
The Development of a Concept of Self
Cognitive Bases of Gender Identity
How "Special" Is Social Cognition?
Summary
Schooling and Cognition
The Development of Reading Skills
Children's Number and Arithmetic Concepts
Schooling and Cognitive Development
Summary
Approaches to the Study of Intelligence
The Psychometric Approach to the Study of Intelligence
Information-Processing Approaches to the Study of Intelligence
Piagetian Approaches to the Study of Intelligence
Sternberg's Triarchic Theory of Intelligence
Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences
Summary
Origins, Modification, and Stability of Intellectual Differences
A Transactional Approach to the Study of Intelligence
Behavior Genetics and the Heritability of Intelligence
Experience and Intelligence
The Stability of Intelligence
Summary
Epilogue: Cognitive Development: What Changes and How?
Seven "Truths" About Cognitive Development
Diversity of Opinions, But a Single Science
Glossary
References
Credits
Author Index
Subject Index