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Children's Minds


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The school experience; the ability to "Decentre"; learning language; failing to reason or failing to understand?; what is and must be; what is said and what is meant; disembedded through social values; why children find school learning difficult; what the school can do; the desire to learn; the shape of minds to come.

About the Author

Margaret Donaldson was educated at the University of Edinburgh, where she continued as a teacher after ceasing to be a student and where, in 1980, she was appointed Professor of Developmental Psychology. Her main research interest has always been the study of human thought and language. At an early stage in her career she spent some time at Piaget's research institute in Geneva and was much influenced by that experience, though she later came to question some important aspects Piagetian theory. She spent a year in the United States as the holder of a John Hay Whitney Fellowship and has also worked there with Bruner on curriculum development projects. She is the author of A Study of Children's Thinking and Human Minds. Along with Robert Grieve and Chris Pratt, she has edited a book of readings entitled Early Childhood Development and Education.


'One of the most powerful, most wisely balanced and best informed books on the development of the child's mind...Its implications for education are enormous.' Jerome Bruner

'A book of great, and very general significance...a classic.' Jack Tizard

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