Children Talk About the Mind

Children Talk About the Mind

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The authors chart the early developmental stages in children's growing awareness and understanding of mind. More than 12,000 conversations by children between the ages of one and a half and six have been recorded, allowing a comprehensive picture of the first, crucial, steps in development of a theory of mind.show more

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  • Paperback | 244 pages
  • 155.7 x 233.9 x 19.1mm | 385.56g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • line figures, tables
  • 019511566X
  • 9780195115666

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The years have not diminished its importance and have, if anything, increased it. One reason for its being an important book is that it explores one of the major tensions in cognitive delveopmental research...This book not only makes a substantial and provocative contribution to the research literature but it is ideal for undergraduate teaching and can profitably be read by preschool teachers and interested parents. For the transparent presentation of data and the judicious discussion of competing theories it can hardly be bettered. * James Russell, Child Psych.Psyc. 39 no4, 1998. * a fascinating and detailed book ... a carefully written and well presented book detailing the authors thinking and analyses about children's theories of mind ... I found it stimulating and will refer back to its contents in the future. * Chris Walker, *show more

Table of contents

1. Children, Mind, and Language: An Introduction ; 2. Language and Mind: Methods ; 3. Talk about Thoughts and Beliefs ; 4. Talk about Desires ; 5. Desires and Beliefs ; 6. Explanations and Arguments ; 7. Individual Differences ; 8. Children's Developing Theory of Mind ; 9. Alternatives and Controversies ; 10. Ordinary Talk about Persons and Minds: Questions and Conclusions ; References ; Indexshow more

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