Originally published in 1970, parents and teachers were beginning to realise how very much earlier in life human intelligence develops than was previously thought. A child’s experience in its pre-school years largely determines its future academic progress; and environment and parental influence play a very great part in this.
The author describes the steps by which children develop mentally and emotionally, and the scholarly and experimental work that had been done in this field to date. The book was thought to be an eye-opener for most parents at the time (to be put beside ‘Spock’) and for all child psychologists a fascinating review of recent work.
Table of Contents
Preface and Preview. 1. Never Too Young to Learn 2. Biological Bases of Behavior 3. How Inherited Behavior Can be Modified 4. Learning to Love or to Hate 5. Babies Without Mothers 6. Critical Periods 7. The Anatomy of the Brain 8. The Biology of Learning 9. Motivation 10. Freud’s Image of Man 11. Acquiring a Sex Identity 12. The Development of Concepts 13. Perception 14. Language 15. Information Processing 16. The Measurement and Inheritance of Intelligence 17. How Environment Affects Intelligence 18. Culture and Caste 19. Acquiring Social-Group Identity 20. The Mark of Social Class 21. All Mice Are Not Created Equal. References. Index.