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Developing Thinking and Understanding in Young Children

An Introduction for Students, 2nd Edition

By Sue Robson


262 pages | 9 B/W Illus.

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Developing Thinking and Understanding in Young Children presents a comprehensive and accessible overview of contemporary theory and research about young children’s developing thinking and understanding. Throughout this second edition, the ideas and theories presented are enlivened by transcripts of children’s activities and conversations taken from practice and contemporary research, helping readers to make links between theory, research and practice. Each chapter also includes ideas for further reading and suggested activities.

Aimed at all those interested in how young children develop through their thoughts and actions, Sue Robson explores:

  • theories of cognitive development
  • the social, emotional and cultural contexts of children’s thinking
  • children’s conceptual development
  • visual thinking
  • approaches to supporting the development of young children’s thinking and understanding
  • latest developments in brain science and young children
  • the central roles of play and language in young children’s developing thinking.

Including a new chapter on young children’s musical thinking, expanded sections on self regulation, metacognition and creative thinking and the use of video to observe and describe young children’s thinking, this book will be an essential read for all students undertaking Early Childhood, Primary PGCE and EYPS courses. Those studying for a Foundation degree in Early Years and Childcare will also find this book to be of interest.

Table of Contents

1. How can we think about young children’s thinking? 2. Theories of cognitive development – learning to think and thinking to learn 3. The social, cultural and emotional contexts of thinking and understanding 4. The developing brain 5. Knowing about the mind: theory of mind, self-regulation and metacognition 6. Observing, describing and documenting children’s thinking and understanding 7. Language, communication and thought 8.Knowing about the world: the development of children’s concepts 9. Young children’s visual thinking 10. Young children’s thinking in music 11. Approaches to developing young children’s thinking and understanding Websites Bibliography Index

About the Author

Sue Robson is Principal Lecturer in Education, Early Childhood Studies, Froebel College at the University of Roehampton.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Preschool & Kindergarten
PSYCHOLOGY / Developmental / Child