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'Gauvain has an interesting and important theory about what causes developmental changes in children, and she sets it out in her new book convincingly and with great verve.' - Peter Bryant, PhD, FRS, Oxford University, UK.
'This is an outstanding summary of the social influences on children's thinking. Gauvain weaves crosscultural and cognitive developmental research into a single tapestry that shows how children learn, remember, and solve problems in their everyday activities. She reviews major theories of cognitive development and uses activity theory as a framework to synthesize sociocognitive research. The book will be appreciated by students because it is coherent, readable, and up to date.' - Scott Paris, PhD, University of Michigan, USA.
'Gauvain manages to integrate social interactional accounts with other efforts to identify mechanisms of development, such as Piagetian and information processing approaches. She reviews relevant research as well as incorporating memoirs of notable people to illustrate varying contexts of cognitive development. This book will be a valuable supplementary text for undergraduate and graduate courses in psychology, child development, and education.' - Barbara Rogoff, PhD, University of California at Santa Cruz, USA.
The Social Foundations of Cognitive Development. Introduction. Processes of Change: The "How" of Cognitive Development. The Sociocultural Context of Cognitive Development. The Development of Specific Higher Mental Functions in Social Context. Acquring Knowledge: Intersubjectivity, Joint Attention, and Social Referencing. Remembering: The Social Construction of the Past. Solving and Learning to Solve Problems in Social Context. Constructing the Future: Planning in Social Context. Conclusions and Future Directions.