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Why youth is not wasted on the young : immaturity in human development

Author: David F Bjorklund
Publisher: Oxford [u.a.] : Blackwell, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1. publView all editions and formats
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Why Youth is Not Wasted on the Young examines the nature of childhood through an evolutionary lens and argues that childhood is an essential stage of development with its own unique purposes,  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David F Bjorklund
ISBN: 9781405149518 1405149515 9781405149525 1405149523
OCLC Number: 219580853
Description: XI, 276 S. : graph. Darst
Contents: Preface vii Acknowledgments xi 1 The Benefits of Youth 1 Rushing through Childhood 3 Views of Development 5 A Darwinian Perspective 14 I Come Not to Praise Immaturity 20 2 The Youngest Species 21 A Brief Look at Human Evolution 23 The Evolution of Childhood 36 Timing is Everything 44 The Youngest Species 52 3 The Slow Rate of Growing Up 55 The Gamble of Delayed Development 56 Big Brains, Social Complexity, and Slow Development 58 Cooperating and Competing 62 Family Matters 63 Slow Growth and Brain Plasticity 65 Developmental Plasticity and Evolution 83 When Slow is Fast Enough 84 4 Adapting to the Niche of Childhood 87 The Benefits of Limitations 89 See Things My Way 93 Learning Language 101 How Do Adults View Children's Immature Thinking? 106 Adapting to Childhood 109 5 The Advantages of Thinking You're Better than You Are 111 The Development of Metacognition - Knowing What We Know 113 Some Benefits of Less-Than-Perfect Metacognition 128 When We Deal with Children 135 Know Thyself, But Not Too Well 136 6 Play: The Royal Road through Childhood 139 What is Play? 142 The Adaptive Value of Play 144 Children Playing, Children Learning 147 Play it Again, Kid 161 7 The Most Educable of Animals 163 The Myth of "Earlier is Better" 169 Prenatal Learning 172 Early (Postnatal) Learning 176 Developmentally Appropriate Practices in Early Education 182 Stress in the Schoolhouse 189 Old Brain, New Curriculum 197 8 The Changing Face of Childhood 199 Pushing Children through Childhood 201 A Brief History of Childhood 204 The Costs of Ignoring Immaturity: The Well-being of America's Children 211 The Independent Human Juvenile: A New View of Childhood? 216 Racing to Adulthood, Prolonging Adolescence 218 Epilogue: Homo Juvenalis 221 Revisiting Childhood 222 Visiting Adulthood 223 Notes 227 References 239 Index 267
Responsibility: David F. Bjorklund.
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"What is childhood? What is it for? The usual answer is that the purpose of childhood is to set the stage for bigger things to come. Why Youth is Not Wasted on the Young turns this view on its head. Read more...

 
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