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Cognitive and Language Development in Children

John Oates (Editor), Andrew Grayson (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-1045-7
352 pages
April 2004, Wiley-Blackwell
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This is one of a series of four books that forms part of the Open University course on child development. The series provides a detailed and thorough introduction to the central concepts, theories, issues and research evidence in developmental psychology.


Cognitive and Language Development in Children gives an up-to-date and accessible account of how thinking and language develop during childhood. The book is innovative in its approach: it starts by considering cognition and language in infants and continues to weave together these two areas in subsequent chapters that cover aspects of their development through childhood. The chapters have been prepared by leading researchers and theorists in collaboration with members of the Open University course team. Building on the themes in The Foundations of Child Development, a previous book within the series, the editors provide a fully up-to-date, broad and engaging overview of the field, ranging from modern understandings of brain architecture and function to the social and cultural contexts of learning.


The chapters have many features to assist and facilitate understanding, including defined learning outcomes, research summaries, activities, readings, definitions of key terms and section summaries.

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Foreword.

Introduction: perspectives on cognitive and language development: John Oates and Andrew Grayson.

1. Early category representation and concepts: Paul C. Quinn and John Oates.

2. First words: Margaret Harris.

3. Brain and cognitive development: Denis Mareschal, Mark H. Johnson and Andrew Grayson.

4. The development of children's understanding of grammar: Kim Plunkett and Clare Wood.

5. Executive functions in childhood: development and disorder: Claire Hughes, Andrew Graham and Andrew Grayson.

6. Understanding minds: Emma Flynn.

7. Mathematical and scientific thinking: Terezinha Nunes and Peter Bryant.

8. A socio-cognitive perspective on learning and cognitive development: Anne-Nelly Perret-Clermont, Felice Carugati and John Oates.

Acknowledgements.

Name Index.

Subject Index

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John Oates is Senior Lecturer in Developmental Psychology at The Open University


Andrew Grayson is Lecturer in Developmental Psychology at The Open University

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  • An up-to-date and accessible account of how thinking and language develop during childhood.


  • Structure is developmental – progresses from infancy through childhood to adolescence; considers language and cognition alongside each other.


  • One of a series of four books which form part of the Open University course on child development.


  • Chapters are written by leading researchers and theorists.


  • Offers an overview of different theories of cognitive and language development.


  • Builds on the themes in The Foundations of Child Development, a previous book within the series.


  • Contains many features to assist and facilitate understanding, including defined learning outcomes, research summaries, activities, readings, definitions of key terms and section summaries.
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"This is an excellent Open University textbook that can be used by the general reader who would like to grasp the essentials... There are engaging activities as well as research summaries and even explicit learning outcomes." Scientific and Medical Network Review, Summer 2005<!--end-->

"A very accessibly written book that presents, in both a clear and balanced fashion, complex and controversial issues within this rapidly expanding field... It should meet the needs of undergraduate students very well." Valerie Muter, Institute of Child Health, London

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