Children's Thinking: Cognitive Development and Individual Differences

Children's Thinking: Cognitive Development and Individual Differences

by David F. Bjorklund, Kayla B. Causey

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Overview

The Sixth Edition of David F. Bjorklund and Kayla B. Causey’s topically organized Children’s Thinking presents a current, comprehensive, and dynamic examination of cognitive development. The book covers individual children and their developmental journeys while also following the general paths of overall cognitive development in children. This unique and effective approach gives readers a holistic view of children’s cognitive development, acknowledging that while no two children are exactly alike, they tend to follow similar developmental patterns. Supported by the latest research studies and data, the Sixth Edition provides valuable insights for readers to better understand and work with children.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506334370
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 01/04/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 720
File size: 37 MB
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About the Author

David F. Bjorklund, is Professor of Psychology at Florida Atlantic University, where he has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in developmental psychology since 1976. He received a B.A. degree in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts in 1971, an MA degree in Psychology from the University of Dayton in 1973, and a Ph.D. degree in Developmental Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1976. He has received numerous teaching and research awards from Florida Atlantic University, and is the recipient of an Alexander von Humboldt Research Award. He co-authored several books.

He has served as Associate Editor of "Child Development, published by the Society for Research in Child Development," has served on the editorial boards of "Developmental Psychology," "Developmental Review," "Cognitive Development," "Educational Psychology Review," "Journal of Comparative Psychology," "Journal of Cognitive Development," "Journal of Experimental Child Psychology," and "School Psychology Quarterly," and has served as a contributing editor to "Parents Magazine." He has published more than 100 scholarly articles on various topics relating to child development and has received financial support for his research from the National Science Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, and the German Research Foundation. His current research interests include children's cognitive development, cognitive developmental primatology, and evolutionary developmental psychology.

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Chapter 1. Introduction to Cognitive Development
Basic Concepts in Cognitive Development
Six Truths of Cognitive Development
Goals of Cognitive Developmentalists
Key Terms and Concepts
Suggested Readings
Chapter 2. Biological Bases of Cognitive Development
Evolution and Cognitive Development
Models of Gene-Environment Interaction
Development of the Brain
Developmental Biology and Cognitive Development
Key Terms and Concepts
Suggested Readings
Chapter 3. Social Construction of Mind: Sociocultural Perspectives on Cognitive Development
Role of Culture in Cognitive Development
Cognitive Artifacts That Support and Extend Thinking: Tools of Intellectual Adaptation
Social Origins of Early Cognitive Competencies
Sociocultural Theory and Cognitive Development
Key Terms and Concepts
Suggested Readings
Chapter 4. Infant Perception and Cognition
Basic Perceptual Abilities of Young Infants
Methodologies Used to Assess Infant Perception
Development of Visual Perception
Auditory Development
Combining Senses
Perceptual Narrowing
How Do We Know What Babies Know? The Violation-of-Expectation Method
Core Knowledge
What Is Infant Cognition Made Of?
Key Terms and Concepts
Suggested Readings
Chapter 5. Thinking in Symbols: Development of Representation
Learning to Use Symbols
Piaget’s Theory
Everyday Expressions of the Symbolic Function
Causal Representation
Fuzzy-Trace Theory
The Symbolic Species
Key Terms and Concepts
Suggested Readings
Chapter 6. Development of Folk Knowledge
Theory Theories of Cognitive Development
Folk Psychology: Developing a Theory of Mind
Folk Biology: Understanding the Biological World
Folk Physics: Understanding the Physical World
Key Terms and Concepts
Suggested Readings
Chapter 7. Learning to Think on Their Own: Executive Function, Strategies, and Problem Solving
Assumptions of Information-Processing Approaches
Development of Basic-Level Processes: Executive Function
Development of Strategies
Learning to Solve Problems
Key Terms and Concepts
Suggested Readings
Chapter 8. Memory Development
Representation of Knowledge
Memory Development in Infancy
Infantile Amnesia
Implicit Memory
Development of Event Memory
Children as Eyewitnesses
Remembering to Remember
Key Terms and Concepts
Suggested Readings
Chapter 9. Language Development
What Is Language?
Describing Children’s Language Development
Some Theoretical Perspectives of Language Development
Bilingualism and Second-Language Learning
Sex Differences in Language Acquisition
Language and Thought
Key Terms and Concepts
Suggested Readings
Chapter 10. Social Cognition
Social Learning
Social Information Processing
Development of a Concept of Self
Cognitive Bases of Gender Identity
How Special Is Social Cognition?
Key Terms and Concepts
Suggested Readings
Chapter 11. Schooling and Cognitive Development
Development of Reading Skills
Children’s Number and Arithmetic Concepts
Schooling and Cognitive Development
Evolutionary Educational Psychology
Key Terms and Concepts
Suggested Readings
Chapter 12. Approaches to the Study of Intelligence
Psychometric Approach to the Study of Intelligence
Information-Processing Approaches to the Study of Intelligence
Sternberg’s Theory of Successful Intelligence
Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences
Key Terms and Concepts
Suggested Readings
Chapter 13. Origins, Modification, and Stability of Intellectual Differences
Transactional Approach to the Study of Intelligence
Behavioral Genetics and the Heritability of Intelligence
Experience and Intelligence
Stability of Intelligence
Key Terms and Concepts
Suggested Readings
Glossary
References
Index

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