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Typical and Atypical Child Development 4 Cognition, Intelligence and Learning

ISBN 9781032267753
Published August 12, 2022 by Routledge
346 Pages 23 Color & 22 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This concise guide offers an accessible introduction to cognitive development in childhood and adolescence. It integrates insights from typical and atypical development to reveal fundamental aspects of human growth and development, and common developmental disorders.

The topic books in this series draw on international research in the field and are informed by biological, social and cultural perspectives, offering explanations of developmental phenomena with a focus on how children and adolescents at different ages actually think, feel and act. In this volume, Stephen von Tetzchner explains key topics including: theories of cognitive development; attention, memory and executive function; conceptual development and reasoning, theory of mind; intelligence; and learning and instruction.

Together with a companion website that offers topic-based quizzes, lecturer PowerPoint slides and sample essay questions, Typical and Atypical Child and Adolescent Development 4: Cognition, Intelligence and Learning is an essential text for all students of developmental psychology, as well as those working in the fields of child development, developmental disabilities and special education.

The content of this topic book is taken from Stephen von Tetzchner’s core textbook Child and Adolescent Psychology: Typical and Atypical Development. The comprehensive volume offers a complete overview of child and adolescent development – for more information visit www.routledge.com/9781138823396

Table of Contents


Part I Theories of Cognitive Development

    1. Cognition
    2. Domains, modules and activities
    3. Logical constructivism
    4. Information processing
    5. Nativism
    6. Social constructionism
    7. Disparity and integration
    8. Summary of Part I

      Core Issues

      Suggestions for further reading

      Part II Attention, Memory and Executive Function

    9. Basic Cognitive Functions
    10. Attention
    11. Memory
    12. Executive Functions
    13. Summary of Part II

      Core Issues

      Suggestions for further reading


      Part III Conceptual Development and Reasoning

    14. Concepts and Reasoning
    15. Early conceptions of space, time and causality
    16. Object concepts
    17. Reasoning
    18. Atypical development
    19. Summary of Part III

      Core Issues

      Suggestions for further reading


      Part IV Mind Understanding

    20. The Human Mind
    21. Visual perspective
    22. Private speech
    23. Early understanding of desires and beliefs
    24. Further development of mind understanding
    25. Individual and cultural differences
    26. Atypical development of mind understanding
    27. Summary of Part IIII

      Core Issues

      Suggestions for further reading


      Part V Intelligence

    28. The Concept of Intelligence
    29. Theories of intelligence
    30. Intelligence tests
    31. Stability and variation in IQ scores
    32. Nature, nurture and intelligence
    33. Gender differences
    34. Ethnicity and intelligence
    35. Changing norms: The Flynn effect
    36. School performance and intelligence
    37. Atypical development
    38. Summary of Part IV

      Core Issues

      Suggestions for further reading


      Part VI Learning and Instruction

    39. Learning and Adaptation
    40. Types of learning
    41. Two developmental perspectives on education
    42. Cooperation among children
    43. Atypical development: Learning disorders
    44. Learning disorders and mental disorders

Summary of Part VI

Core Issues

Suggestions for further reading




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Stephen von Tetzchner is Professor of Developmental Psychology at the Department of Psychology, University of Oslo, Norway.


The individual topic books in the Topics from Child and Adolescent Psychology are drawn from Stephen von Tetzchner’s comprehensive core textbook, Child and Adolescent Psychology.

Praise for the core textbook:

‘Extremely useful text for students and practitioners alike.’ Dr. Graham Music, Consultant Psychotherapist, Tavistock Clinic London, UK.

‘Illustrates how knowledge about typical and atypical development can be integrated and used to highlight fundamental processes of human growth and maturation.’ Dr. John Coleman, PhD, OBE, UK.