- xiv, 396 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
- Additional Authors
- Lewis, Charlie,Müller, Ulrich,
- "Summary: The Development of Children’s Thinking offers undergraduate and graduate students in psychology and other disciplines an introduction to several core areas of developmental psychology. It examines recent empirical research within the context of longstanding theoretical debates. In particular, it shows how a grasp of classic theories within developmental psychology is vital for a grasp of new areas of research such as cognitive neuroscience that have impacted on our understanding of how children develop.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."Back cover.Contents note: 1. Introduction. what is human thinking and how does it develop? -- 2. The Role of biology in psychological development -- 3. Constructivist approaches to children's thinking -- 4. Sociocultural approaches to children's thinking -- 5. The development of communication and social understanding in infancy -- 6. Theories of communication and social understanding in infancy -- 7. Animal communication and human language -- 8. Language in human communication and thinking -- 9. How children learn the meaning of words -- 10. How children come to control their behaviour -- 11. Understanding the social world -- 12. Social interaction, language and social understanding -- 13. Moral reasoning and action -- 14. Recent issues in moral development.Includes bibliographical references (pages 321-374) and indexes.