The Art of Childhood and Adolescence is composed of completely new research on the development of representational thinking from infancy through to adolescence. It makes an important contribution to the theory of children's development and to practitioners' understanding, as well as suggesting new paths of inquiry. The book draws on highly detailed longitudinal studies, conducted over 24 years (20 in London and 4 in Singapore). Line drawings and photographs are used to illustrate important concepts. Matthews, highly respected internationally, also sheds light on current debates, such as the opposition of culturally specific and universal development in children the world over.
'The book is a comfortable read, amply supported by more than 100 photographs and drawings … It is a well-referenced text from a developmental viewpoint, and will appeal to many, including educationalists and psychologists … a suitable resource for courses studying both early childhood and developmental psychology.' - Early Childhood Society Newsletter