Understanding Cognitive Development
- Maggie McGonigle-Chalmers - University of Edinburgh, UK
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.
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.
McGonigle-Chalmers book is a thorough and well written text that comprehensively discusses every aspect of cognitive development from birth to adulthood. It follows Piagets theory throughout, adding boxes containing learning landmarks that guide the reader as to what they will be understanding by the end of the chapter. It is a valuable resource that covers one major theory of cognitive development in depth that allows the reader to fully understand the concepts discussed. This text is good for those students that want to fully understand every aspect of this theory in full. It is actually pleasantly easy to read despite its depth and the expertise contained within so will suit students of all abilities.
Interesting, well written, updated, with current research findings. The topics are presented in a clear and logical structure.
The book is clearly written, easy to read and provides a good balance of information for understanding the importance of normal cognitive development. Plenty of scope for reflections in each chapter. The book deserves to be read thoroughly to fully appreciate the enormous development children's cognition goes through from birth to 10 years of age.
A good book for students studying early childhood studies and/or other permutations of human development. The inclusion of a companion website with its links to video clips and PowerPoint slides make this a very useful resource
forms a good foundation for understanding cognitive psychology
Although interesting, this book did not fit the needs of the unit.
Essential reading for students of the subject - provides important general information as well as effective learning opportunities
This book is essential for the level 3 EYE course as it has all the relevant information related to observing children in an early years setting. The book is designed at a good level and links made to EYFS very well.
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.
Superb. This accessible, detailed book will provide core background on cognitive development for students studying dyslexia assessment.
Sample Materials & Chapters
Understanding Cognitive Development: Introduction
Understanding Cognitive Development: The Emergence of Speech