by Alison Gopnik, Andrew N. Meltzoff, and Patricia K. Kuhl
The Scientist in the Crib, the exciting book by three pioneers in the new field of cognitive science, discusses important discoveries about how much babies and young children know and learn, and how much parents naturally teach them. It argues that evolution designed human beings both to teach and learn, and that the drive to learn is our most important instinct. It also reveals fascinating insights about our adult capacities and how even very young children-as well as adults-use some of the same methods that allow scientists to learn so much about the world. Filled with surprises at every turn, this vivid, lucid, and often funny book gives us a new view of the inner life of children and the mysteries of the mind.
Perennial, 2001, 279 p., 5 1/4" X 8" paperback
Forget the nature vs. nurture debate. These authors assert that it is our nature to nurture, and they illustrate the ways we teach youngsters without necessarily intending to do so. Gopnik, Meltzoff, and Kuhl derive their expertise from work in fields including cognitive science, child psychology, and speech development. They present a readable and informative report on how children process information and use it to understand the world around them. The authors argue that infants inherently employ the Socratic method to discover aspects of life of which they have no firsthand experience. Loaded with case studies and research, the book demystifies young minds.
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