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This textbook is a pleasure to read. It covers all you need to know about cognitive development. It tells you about recent research of such important mental functions as perception, language, memory, social communication and symbolic thought - from birth to ten years. The beauty of the book is that it is designed to act as a faithful companion to teachers and students striving to explain, understand, report and revise. By providing a clear structure and a coherent theoretical background McGonigle-Chalmers makes the fine-grained detail of experiments exceptionally intelligible.
Maggie McGonigle-Chalmers has written a compelling introduction to cognitive development. It will appeal to students and teachers alike – for its incisive writing, its judicious choice of empirical findings, its thoughtful organization, and its wealth of visual materials.
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.
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.
Looks good but some areas go beyond what we are looking fore in our assignments on leadership.
Nothing wrong with the book in itself but other books are somewhat more suited for our purposes.
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
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.
It provides a satisfactory understanding of children's cognitive development.
Clearly written and accessible
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