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Awakening Children's Minds : How Parents and Teachers Can Make a Difference

Awakening Children's Minds : How Parents and Teachers Can Make a Difference - 01 edition

ISBN13: 978-0195171556

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ISBN13: 978-0195171556
ISBN10: 0195171551
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 01
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Published: 2001
International: No

List price: $24.50

Awakening Children's Minds : How Parents and Teachers Can Make a Difference - 01 edition

ISBN13: 978-0195171556

Laura E. Berk

ISBN13: 978-0195171556
ISBN10: 0195171551
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 01
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Published: 2001
International: No
Summary

Parents and teachers today face a swirl of conflicting theories about child rearing and educational practice. Indeed, current guides are contradictory, oversimplified, and at odds with current scientific knowledge. Now, in Awakening Children's Minds, Laura Berk cuts through the confusion of competing theories, offering a new way of thinking about the roles of parents and teachers and how they can make a difference in children's lives.

This is the first book to bring to a general audience, in lucid prose richly laced with examples, truly state-of-the-art thinking about child rearing and early education. Berk's central message is that parents and teachers contribute profoundly to the development of competent, caring, well-adjusted children. In particular, she argues that adult-child communication in shared activities is the wellspring of psychological development. These dialogues enhance language skills, reasoning ability, problem-solving strategies, the capacity to bring action under the control of thought, and the child's cultural and moral values. Berk explains how children weave the voices of more expert cultural members into dialogues with themselves. When puzzling, difficult, or stressful circumstances arise, children call on this private speech to guide and control their thinking and behavior. In addition to providing clear roles for parents and teachers, Berk also offers concrete suggestions for creating and evaluating quality educational environments--at home, in child care, in preschool, and in primary school--and addresses the unique challenges of helping children with special needs.

Parents, Berk writes, need a consistent way of thinking about their role in children's lives, one that can guide them in making effective child-rearing decisions. Awakening Children's Minds gives us the basic guidance we need to raise caring, thoughtful, intelligent children.

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
A new view of child development p. 3
The social origins of mental life p. 37
Why children talk to themselves p. 75
Learning through make-believe play p. 107
Helping children with deficits and disabilities p. 146
Learning in classrooms p. 181
The child in contemporary culture p. 220
Conclusion : a vision for parenting and educational practice p. 245
Notes p. 251
Index p. 297
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