Cognitive Development

  • Ann Birch
  • Tony Malim
Part of the Introductory Psychology Series book series (IPS)


At the end of this chapter, you should be able to:
  1. 1

    describe Piaget’s theory of cognitive development;

  2. 2

    evaluate Piaget’s theory in the light of subsequent research;

  3. 3

    consider the educational implications of Piaget’s theory;

  4. 4

    describe Bruner’s theory of cognitive development and consider some educational implications;

  5. 5

    show an appreciation of the information-processing approach to cognitive development;

  6. 6

    critically evaluate theories of language acquisition.



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Further Reading

  1. Bryant P Piaget: issues and experiments. British Journal of Psychology. Special issue. 1982.Google Scholar
  2. De Villiers P A & J G De Villiers Early language. Fontana 1979.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Donaldson M Children’s minds. Fontana 1978.Google Scholar
  4. McGurk H Growing and Changing Methuen 1975.Google Scholar
  5. Mussen P, J Conger & A Huston Child development and personality (6th Edition). New York Harper & Row 1984.Google Scholar
  6. Turner J Cognitive development and education. Methuen 1984.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Ann Birch and Tony Malim 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ann Birch
    • 1
  • Tony Malim
    • 2
  1. 1.Bristol UniversityUK
  2. 2.Lancaster UniversityUK

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