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The developing child in the 21st century : a global perspective on child development

Author: Sandra Smidt
Publisher: Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon : Routledge, 2013.
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Offering a sociocultural approach to education and learning, this fascinating exploration of childhood provides an in-depth understanding of how children make sense of the world and the people in it. Examining the ways in which children express their thoughts, feelings and actively generate meaning through experience and interaction, this fully revised and updated new edition is illustrated throughout by extensive  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Smidt, Sandra, 1943-
Developing child in the 21st century.
Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon : Routledge, 2013
(DLC) 2012047336
(OCoLC)821560694
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Sandra Smidt
ISBN: 9781135048471 1135048479 9780203483640 0203483642 9780203483640
OCLC Number: 849928759
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Table of Contents; Preface; 1. Children and childhoods; Child development: which child? What development?; The changing representations of children; British childhood over time: an illustration; The portrayal of children; Western concepts of childhood; Representations of global childhoods; Images of childhood and poverty; Representations of children: children as players; Becoming a good parent; An image for the twenty-first century?; Things to think about; 2. The child as meaning maker: making sense of the physical world. From conception to birthThe child as empty vessel?; The child as active learner?; A linear approach to development; The sensory-motor phase; The pre-operational phase; The concrete operations phase; The formal operations phase; Schemas: repeated patterns of action; Making sense of symbols; Rationality and the child as developing scientist; The notion of an 'everybaby'; The child as individual; The implications; Summing up; Things to think about; 3. The child as meaning maker: making sense of the social world; Mediated action: the role of others in learning. Piaget versus Vygotsky: is there a dichotomy?The zone of proximal development; A socio-cultural theory of psychological processes; Intersubjectivity; Constructing the social world: what children need to know and do; Development viewed in the contexts of place, time and culture; Summing up; Things to think about; 4. The child at play becoming a creative thinker; Defining creative thinking; Defining play; Play as an integrating mechanism; Imaginative/symbolic play; Imaginative play in diverse cultural settings; What do children play about?; Play and creative thinking; Play and younger children. Summing upThings to think about; 5. The child as symbol user and symbol weaver; What it means to be human; Entering the world of linguistic symbols: beginning to talk; The work of Noam Chomsky and his critics; The work of Michael Halliday: thinking about semiotics; Vygotsky and language; Narrative: language as a dialogic process; The symbols children use in their spontaneous writing; Into the world of reading; And what are these symbols? Into the language of counting; Summing up; Thing to think about; 6. The child in culture; Children's capacities; The intersecting cultures of childhood. Cultural capital: the ideas of BourdieuLanguages and culture; Learning styles and culture; The family: transmission of beliefs and values; High culture: popular culture?; Building on culture in play: symbol weaving; Summing up; Things to think about; 7. The child as role maker; Constructing identity: playing roles; The social construction of identity; Language, identity and roles; Establishing identities: street children; Summary; Things to think about; 8. The child as thinker: questions and solutions; Solving problems; Imitation and elaboration; Dealing with the problems in the real world.
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Offering a sociocultural approach to education and learning, this fascinating exploration of childhood provides an in-depth understanding of how children make sense of the world and the people in it. Examining the ways in which children express their thoughts, feelings and actively generate meaning through experience and interaction, this fully revised and updated new edition is illustrated throughout by extensive case studies and covers a diverse range of topics, including:socio-historical and global child development over time and place;the child as me.

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