Childhood Cognitive Development

Childhood Cognitive Development

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  • Overview
  • Key Readings

The field of cognitive development is an exciting one that has undergone a revolution in the past generation, with a wealth of new findings, methods and theoretical ideas that transform our understanding of children's thinking.

This new SAGE Major Work presents a collection of important papers - both classic and contemporary - that cover key contributions in the area of cognitive development in children, designed to be a touchstone text for scholars, practitioners and educators with an interest in children's thinking. Although the primary focus is on basic scientific research, each volume also discusses important applied issues, such as role of critical periods in perceptual development, or the implications of cognitive development for learning in academic contexts.

Volume One: Basic Processes

Volume Two: Concepts, Categories and Language

Volume Three: Core Theories

Volume Four: Reasoning, Problem-Solving and Academic Skills

Volume Five: Context and Culture

Editor's Introduction: Childhood Cognitive Development
SusanA.Gelman
Overview

Broadly speaking, cognitive development involves how children represent, learn, understand, and reason about the world. Every time a child engages in a conversation, learns a new skill, wonders why the sky is blue, or pretends to be a superhero, he or she is demonstrating the remarkable human cognitive capacity. At its most basic level, this includes foundational cognitive skills found in all organisms, such as perception, attention, and memory. In addition, cognitive development includes higher-level thought, often considered to be what truly makes the human species distinctive. Thus, even infants solve problems, organize the world into categories, learn right from wrong, and construct explanatory “theories”. Cognitive development is at the center of a variety of critical practical skills, such as ...

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