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Understanding Cognitive Development

Understanding Cognitive Development

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March 2015 | 416 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Understanding Cognitive Development provides a fresh, evidence-based research perspective on the story of children’s cognitive development in the first ten years of human life.

Starting with a brief survey of the key theoretical positions that have come to define developmental psychology, the textbook then focuses on the different cognitive abilities as they emerge throughout early development. Uniquely, it examines these in terms of their interdependence; that is how skills such as perception, memory, language and reasoning relate to one another. This holistic treatment allows students to see the many important intersections in this critical phase of human life development.

This textbook employs a novel design that will be of immense help to both students and instructors and is intended to be read at two levels: at the first level, it provides a fully referenced explanatory account of experimental research on cognitive development with complete attention to the needs of students who have never been exposed to experimental methodology nor studies in cognitive development before.

At the second level, and mapped directly onto numbered sub-sections within the text, the author uses illustrative panels designed along the lines of PowerPoint presentations to summarise studies and key findings, employing lots of pictorial material together with bullet-points to give vividness and texture to the material covered. These panels are replicated on the accompanying companion website in PowerPoint for lecturers and students to make further use of in teaching and revision.  Revision points are provided at the end of every chapter.

Rich in academic coverage, including a widespread database of the most important empirical research in the field, this textbook will be essential reading for students of cognitive development and developmental psychology across psychology and education.

Introduction: Studying how the mind grows
Sensory development and visual perception during early infancy
Perceptual development during the first year: the multisensory infant
Sensorimotor development in infancy: gaining control in a physical environment
Sensorimotor development in infancy: the elements of social interaction
The emergence of speech
The acquisition of word meanings and the dawn of phrase speech
The emergence of sentence structure
Learning grammar
Perceptual development after infancy
Perceptual development and recognition memory
Memory for scenes, routes and events
Understanding and reasoning about categories
Understanding and reasoning about time and space
Representing other minds and the development of symbolic thought
Symbolic reasoning and logicomathematical thinking


Companion website
The companion website for Understanding Cognitive Development provides both videos containing examples of the behaviours outlined in the panels featured in the book, and Powerpoint slides containing panels and illustrative material from the book which can be easily pasted into teaching slides.

I will recommend that students purchase this book because it not only supports their learning of theory but will also illustrate clearly how children's learning and development changes throughout early childhood.

Dr Gina Sherwood
School of Education & Continuing Stud, Portsmouth University
May 13, 2015

Superb. This accessible, detailed book will provide core background on cognitive development for students studying dyslexia assessment.

Miss Rebecca Tall
Faculty of Edu & Children's Services, Chester University
May 8, 2015

Looks good but some areas go beyond what we are looking fore in our assignments on leadership.

Mr Mike Kershaw
Management , Knowsley Community College
May 7, 2015

Nothing wrong with the book in itself but other books are somewhat more suited for our purposes.

Mr Peter Karlsson
Sch of Health & Social Sciences - HOS, Halmstad University
May 3, 2015

THe book is an overwelming source of information that excellent students from this course can surely benifit from. For the main-stream lecture, only less then 40% will be used as core mterial.

Mr Matthijs Hammer
School of Business, Building & Technology, Saxion Universities of Prof Education
April 16, 2015

A key text for the Developing child module that we run here. There is no other text that meets the learning outcomes of this book and it is current and relevant for childrens nurses

Mrs Julia Petty
School of health and social work, Hertfordshire University
April 16, 2015

It provides a satisfactory understanding of children's cognitive development.

Mrs Opeyemi Osadiya
Early Years, South Essex College
September 13, 2015

Clearly written and accessible

Mrs Joanne Mead
Education & Training, Havering Adult College
August 27, 2015

Maggie McGonigle-Chalmers

Margaret McGonigle (AKA Maggie McGonigle and Maggie McGonigle-Chalmers) is a Faculty Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, having retired from her post as Senior Lecturer in the Psychology Department in 2012. She has published research articles and book chapters on comparative and developmental cognition, and more recently on cognitive functioning in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, ranging from perceptuo-motor skills to language dysfunction. She is co-editor (and author) on The Complex Mind: An Interdisciplinary Perspective (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2012). Other publications are listed at: More About Author

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