How Children Think and Learn
This is the second edition of a textbook that has met with enthusiastic acclaim since its publication in 1988. It explores in detail theories and discussions of how children think and learn. It also looks at the practical implications of research and acknowledges some of the difficult problems teachers face when trying to put theory and research into practice in the classroom.
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Excellent book for anyone studying Foundation Degree in Early Years giving a really good overview of the main theorists.
Comparisons between Vygotsky, Piaget, Bruner et al, some really good ideas and quotes.
David Wood's How Children Think and Learn:The Social Context of Cognitive Development is a well organised book from the limited version I was able to go through. His analysis of the subject is good, examples adequate and logical reasoning objective.
The possibility of 'gaming' rather than the much hyped 'reinforcement' as the motive behind the monkey's use of mechanical device (even after it had choke full of peanuts which it through away from cage and continued to operate the device) is ample evidence of author's objective view.
More when I get hold of the whole book.
P J Naidu
Cognito-academic consultant, Chennai City Schools.