Children's Minds

Author: Margaret Donaldson

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0006861229

Category: Byzantine Empire

Page: 156

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Margaret Donaldson's seminal work on child development, first published in 1978, has become a classic inquiry into the nature of human thought.
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Engaging Children's Minds

The Project Approach

Author: Lilian Katz,Sylvia C. Chard

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9781567505009

Category: Education

Page: 215

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This new edition incorporates many insights and strategies the authors have learned while working extensively with teachers to implement the project approach. Since the popular first edition was published in 1989, the authors have continued to help teachers around the world understand the benefits of this approach. Katz and Chard discuss in great detail the philosophical, theoretical, and research bases of project work. The typical phases are presented and detailed suggestions for implementing each one are described. Using specific examples, this book clarifies and articulates the process and benefits of the project approach. These specific examples outline how children's intellectual development is enhanced. Years of working with teachers and young children from preschool to primary age provide the authors with first hand experience for employing the project approach. Helpful guidelines will aid teachers in working with this approach comfortably in order to gain the interset of children and in order for those to grow and florish mentally.
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Awakening Childrens Minds: How Parents and Teachers Can Make a Difference

Author: Laura E. Berk

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199883734

Category: Education

Page: 320

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Parents and teachers today face a swirl of conflicting theories about child rearing and educational practice. Indeed, current guides are contradictory, oversimplified, and at odds with current scientific knowledge. Now, in Awakening Childrens Minds, Laura Berk cuts through the confusion of competing theories, offering a new way of thinking about the roles of parents and teachers and how they can make a difference in childrens lives. This is the first book to bring to a general audience, in lucid prose richly laced with examples, truly state-of-the-art thinking about child rearing and early education. Berks central message is that parents and teachers contribute profoundly to the development of competent, caring, well-adjusted children. In particular, she argues that adult-child communication in shared activities is the wellspring of psychological development. These dialogues enhance language skills, reasoning ability, problem-solving strategies, the capacity to bring action under the control of thought, and the childs cultural and moral values. Berk explains how children weave the voices of more expert cultural members into dialogues with themselves. When puzzling, difficult, or stressful circumstances arise, children call on this private speech to guide and control their thinking and behavior. In addition to providing clear roles for parents and teachers, Berk also offers concrete suggestions for creating and evaluating quality educational environments--at home, in child care, in preschool, and in primary school--and addresses the unique challenges of helping children with special needs. Parents, Berk writes, need a consistent way of thinking about their role in childrens lives, one that can guide them in making effective child-rearing decisions. Awakening Childrens Minds gives us the basic guidance we need to raise caring, thoughtful, intelligent children.
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Changing Children's Minds

Author: Howard Sharron,Martha Coulter

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781904806042

Category:

Page: 382

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Based on Israeli psychologist's Reuven Feurerstein's ideas of developing children's intelligence. Feurerstein argues that a child's cognitive abilities are developed unconsciously through the cultural stimuli passed on by his or her parents. This book is useful for those concerned in the education of children.
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Endangered Minds

Why Children Dont Think And What We Can Do About I

Author: Jane M. Healy

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781439126707

Category: Education

Page: 392

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Is today's fast-paced media culture creating a toxic environment for our children's brains? In this landmark, bestselling assessment tracing the roots of America's escalating crisis in education, Jane M. Healy, Ph.D., examines how television, video games, and other components of popular culture compromise our children's ability to concentrate and to absorb and analyze information. Drawing on neuropsychological research and an analysis of current educational practices, Healy presents in clear, understandable language: -- How growing brains are physically shaped by experience -- Why television programs -- even supposedly educational shows like Sesame Street -- develop "habits of mind" that place children at a disadvantage in school -- Why increasing numbers of children are diagnosed with attention deficit disorder -- How parents and teachers can make a critical difference by making children good learners from the day they are born
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The War for Children's Minds

Author: Stephen Law

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134182678

Category: Education

Page: 208

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First Published in 2007. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
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Textbooks for Learning

Nurturing Children's Minds

Author: Marilynn Chambliss,Robert Calfee

Publisher: Blackwell Publishing

ISBN: 9781557864123

Category: Education

Page: 316

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This book is one of the most comprehensive texts discussing the design, selection and adoption of expository textbooks. Focusing on their own analysis, but also drawing on appropriate studies of others, the authors have produced not only a comprehensive discussion of what makes textbooks more readable, but also the steps that designers and adopters may take to apply the authors' recommendations. Textbooks for Learning recognizes the continuing significance of textbooks in the classroom and seeks to improve the present text-book orientated curriculum via practical rather than the more normal theoretical means through the use of wide-ranging illustrations and examples. The authors conclude that the actual design is the key to a successful textbook, not content alone, and designers will find here clear cut guidelines for creating and revising instructional material. Those selecting textbooks for student use now have at their disposal a framework to support the analysis of expository texts and for trainee teachers, a procedure to consider for textbook selection. Future studies of textbooks will necessarily have to start with this book.
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Failure to Connect

How Computers Affect Our Children's Minds--For Better and Worse

Author: Jane M. Healy

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0684865203

Category: Education

Page: 352

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In this comprehensive, practical, and unsettling look at computers in children's lives, Jane M. Healy, Ph.D., questions whether computers are really helping or harming children's development. Once a bedazzled enthusiast of educational computing but now a troubled skeptic, Dr. Healy examines the advantages and drawbacks of computer use for kids at home and school, exploring its effects on children's health, creativity, brain development, and social and emotional growth. Today, the Federal Government allocates scarce educational funding to wire every classroom to the Internet, software companies churn out "educational" computer programs even for preschoolers, and school administrators cut funding and space for books, the arts, and physical education to make room for new computer hardware. It is past the time to address these issues. Many parents and even some educators have been sold on the idea that computer literacy is as important as reading and math. Those who haven't hopped on the techno bandwagon are left wondering whether they are shortchanging their children's education or their students' futures. Few people stop to consider that computers, used incorrectly, may do far more harm than good. New technologies can be valuable educational tools when used in age-appropriate ways by properly trained teachers. But too often schools budget insufficiently for teacher training and technical support. Likewise, studies suggest that few parents know how to properly assist children's computer learning; much computer time at home may be wasted time, drawing children away from other developmentally important activities such as reading, hobbies, or creative play. Moreover, Dr. Healy finds that much so-called learning software is more "edutainment" than educational, teaching students more about impulsively pointing and clicking for some trivial goal than about how to think, to communicate, to imagine, or to solve problems. Some software, used without careful supervision, may also have the potential to interrupt a child's internal motivation to learn. Failure to Connect is the first book to link children's technology use to important new findings about stages of child development and brain maturation, which are clearly explained throughout. It illustrates, through dozens of concrete examples and guidelines, how computers can be used successfully with children of different age groups as supplements to classroom curricula, as research tools, or in family projects. Dr. Healy issues strong warnings, however, against too early computer use, recommending little or no exposure before age seven, when the brain is primed to take on more abstract challenges. She also lists resources for reliable reviews of child-oriented software, suggests questions parents should ask when their children are using computers in school, and discusses when and how to manage computer use at home. Finally, she offers a thoughtful look at the question of which skills today's children will really need for success in a technological future -- and how they may best acquire them. Based on years of research into learning and hundreds of hours of interviews and observations with school administrators, teachers, parents, and students, Failure to Connect is a timely and eye-opening examination of the central questions we must confront as technology increasingly influences the way we educate our children.
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The Philosophical Baby

What Children's Minds Tell Us About Truth, Love, and the Meaning of Life

Author: Alison Gopnik

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 9781429959445

Category: Psychology

Page: 304

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For most of us, having a baby is the most profound, intense, and fascinating experience of our lives. Now scientists and philosophers are starting to appreciate babies, too. The last decade has witnessed a revolution in our understanding of infants and young children. Scientists used to believe that babies were irrational, and that their thinking and experience were limited. Recently, they have discovered that babies learn more, create more, care more, and experience more than we could ever have imagined. And there is good reason to believe that babies are actually smarter, more thoughtful, and even more conscious than adults. This new science holds answers to some of the deepest and oldest questions about what it means to be human. A new baby's captivated gaze at her mother's face lays the foundations for love and morality. A toddler's unstoppable explorations of his playpen hold the key to scientific discovery. A three-year-old's wild make-believe explains how we can imagine the future, write novels, and invent new technologies. Alison Gopnik - a leading psychologist and philosopher, as well as a mother - explains the groundbreaking new psychological, neuroscientific, and philosophical developments in our understanding of very young children, transforming our understanding of how babies see the world, and in turn promoting a deeper appreciation for the role of parents.
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Different Minds

Gifted Children with AD/HD, Asperger Syndrome, and Other Learning Deficits

Author: Deirdre V. Lovecky

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 1853029645

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 525

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Explaining why certain children are gifted and how giftedness is manifested, each chapter addresses the relevance for children with AD/HD and Asperger Syndrome. Lovecky guides parents and professionals through methods of diagnosis and advises on how best to nurture individual needs, positive behaviour and relationships at home and at school.
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Opening Minds

Using Language to Change Lives

Author: Peter H. Johnston

Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers

ISBN: 1571108165

Category: Education

Page: 152

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"Introducing a spelling test to a student by saying, 'Let's see how many words you know,' is different from saying, 'Let's see how many words you know already.' It is only one word, but the already suggests that any words the child knows are ahead of expectation and, most important, that there is nothing permanent about what is known and not known." — Peter Johnston Sometimes a single word changes everything. In his groundbreaking book Choice Words, Peter Johnston demonstrated how the things teachers say (and don't say) have surprising consequences for the literate lives of students. Now, in Opening Minds: Using Language to Change Lives, Peter shows how the words teachers choose affect the worlds students inhabit in the classroom, and ultimately their futures. He explains how to engage children with more productive talk and to create classrooms that support not only students' intellectual development, but their development as human beings. Grounded in research, Opening Minds: Using Language to Change Lives shows how words can shape students' learning, their sense of self, and their social, emotional and moral development. Make no mistake: words have the power to open minds – or close them.
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Motivated Minds

Raising Children to Love Learning

Author: Deborah Stipek, Ph.D.,Kathy Seal

Publisher: Holt Paperbacks

ISBN: 1466873434

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 288

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Motivated Minds--a practical guide to ensuring your child's success in school. What makes students succeed in school? For the past twenty years, the focus has been on building children's self-esteem to help them achieve more in the classroom. But positive reinforcement hasn't necessarily resulted in measureable academic improvement. Through extensive research, combined with ongoing classroom implementation of their ideas, Deborah Stipek, Dean of the School of Education at Stanford, and Kathy Seal have created a program that will encourage motivation and a love of learning in children from toddlerhood through elementary school. Stipek and Seal maintain that parents and teachers can build a solid foundation for learning by helping children to develop the key elements of success: competency, autonomy, curiosity, and critical relationships. The authors offer both practical advice and strategies on understanding different learning styles for Math and reading as well as down-to-earth tips about how to manage difficult issues -- competition, grades, praise, bribes, and rewards -- that inevitably arise for parents and teachers. Most important, Stipek and Seal help parents create an enriching environment for their children at home that will mesh with the school experience and become a positive, effective climate for learning.
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Minds in Play

Computer Game Design As A Context for Children's Learning

Author: Yasmin B. Kafai

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136482466

Category: Education

Page: 360

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First Published in 1994. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
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Emerging Minds

The Process of Change in Children's Thinking

Author: Robert S. Siegler

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195352085

Category: Psychology

Page: 288

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How do children acquire the vast array of concepts, strategies, and skills that distinguish the thinking of infants and toddlers from that of preschoolers, older children, and adolescents? In this new book, Robert Siegler addresses these and other fundamental questions about children's thinking. Previous theories have tended to depict cognitive development much like a staircase. At an early age, children think in one way; as they get older, they step up to increasingly higher ways of thinking. Siegler proposes that viewing the development within an evolutionary framework is more useful than a staircase model. The evolution of species depends on mechanisms for generating variability, for choosing adaptively among the variants, and for preserving the lessons of past experience so that successful variants become increasingly prevalent. The development of children's thinking appears to depend on mechanisms to fulfill these same functions. Siegler's theory is consistent with a great deal of evidence. It unifies phenomena from such areas as problem solving, reasoning, and memory, and reveals commonalities in the thinking of people of all ages. Most important, it leads to valuable insights regarding a basic question about children's thinking asked by cognitive, developmental, and educational psychologists: How does change occur?
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Abduction

How Liberalism Steals Our Children's Hearts And Minds

Author: Steven Feazel,Dr. Carol M. Swain

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781635251463

Category: Political Science

Page: 322

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The Story of Childhood

Growing Up in Modern Britain

Author: Libby Brooks

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0747583439

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 346

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Childhood. We've all known it, but do we remember what it was like? Can we as adults relate to children or do we misunderstand them? Do we hanker after an unrealistic ideal of innocence that probably never was? To what extent has childhood become an adult-imagined universe? There is so much social anxiety surrounding their behaviour, nutrition, sexuality, consumerism and educational achievement that children may well have become the victims of inappropriate adult perceptions. In today's ASBO-afflicted Britain, Libby Brooks suggests that there is much we don't understand about contemporary childhood. The Story of Childhood explores this idea as Libby Brooks talks to nine very different children between the ages of four and sixteen growing up in Britain today. The public schoolboy, the young offender, the teenage mum, the country lad, for example, talk amusingly, frankly, and sometimes shockingly about their own lives conveying a sense of immediate experience that is thought-provoking and illuminating. Enriched by insights from literature, sociology, history and psychology, this is a remarkable piece of writing. Anyone who cares about the welfare of children should read this important book.
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Bucking the System

Reclaiming Our Children's Minds for Christ

Author: Marisa Boonstra

Publisher: Colry Publishing

ISBN: 9780692620205

Category:

Page: 206

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There is a growing, deliberate agenda to capture the next generation for secular humanists. Humanism remains de facto the established religion of our land, and the public schools are the main vehicle for the promotion of its worldview. An overwhelming majority of Christians send their children to government schools, and the statistics show most youth are leaving the church visible by the end of their freshman year in college. Our kids are being sacrificed on the altar of relationship evangelism, with catastrophic results. Christians need a clear understanding of God's educational mandate to parents in order to reverse the tide and save their children from being destroyed spiritually. This is an exhortation for Christian parents to take back the responsibility of educating their kids and carry out the Great Commission in their homes.
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The Scientist In The Crib

Minds, Brains, And How Children Learn

Author: Alison Gopnik,Andrew N. Meltzoff,Patricia K. Kuhl

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061846910

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 304

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This exciting book by three pioneers in the new field of cognitive science discusses important discoveries about how much babies and young children know and learn, and how much parents naturally teach them.It argues that evolution designed us both to teach and learn, and that the drive to learn is our most important instinct. It also reveals as fascinating insights about our adult capacities and how even young children -- as well as adults -- use some of the same methods that allow scientists to learn so much about the world. Filled with surprise at every turn, this vivid, lucid, and often funny book gives us a new view of the inner life of children and the mysteries of the mind.
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Engaging Children's Minds: The Project Approach, 3rd Edition

The Project Approach

Author: Lilian G. Katz,Sylvia C. Chard,Yvonne Kogan

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 144082844X

Category: Education

Page: 240

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Now in its third edition, this book shows teachers how to incorporate the Project Approach into early childhood and elementary curricula, engaging children intellectually and heightening their capacities for thinking, hypothesizing, reasoning, and expressing their natural curiosity. • Presents the philosophical, theoretical, and research bases of project work that serve to explain how the Project Approach enables children to make better, more in-depth and accurate sense of their experiences and phenomena in their everyday environment • Includes descriptions of numerous projects implemented with children in a wide variety of settings to guide teachers through developing their own successful projects with children • Provides a comprehensively updated new edition of the well-known standard book on the Project Approach
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