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Emerging minds : the process of change in children's thinking /

Robert S. Siegler.

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Main Author: Siegler, Robert S.
Published: New York : Oxford University Press, 1998.
Edition: 1st Oxford University Press pbk. ed.
Topics: Cognition in children. | Cognitive styles in children. | Human information processing in children. | PSYCHOLOGY - Developmental - Child. | PSYCHOLOGY - Psychotherapy - Child & Adolescent. | FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS - Child Development.
Genres: Electronic books.
Online Access: eBook Academic Collection (EBSCOhost) Current AU students, faculty, and staff, click here for full text.
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Physical Description: 1 online resource (viii, 278 pages) : illustrations
Includes: Includes bibliographical references (pages 241-264) and indexes.
ISBN: 142372920X (electronic bk.)
9781423729204 (electronic bk.)
1280471875
9781280471872
Summary: How do children acquire the vast array of concepts, strategies, and skills that distinguish the thinking of infants and toddlers from that of pre-schoolers, older children and adolescents? In this text, 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.

More Details for: Emerging minds : the process of change i