The Human Experience: The Early Years

1st Edition

Cedric Cullingford

Routledge
Published December 12, 2019
Reference - 298 Pages
ISBN 9781138350960 - CAT# K395252
Series: Routledge Revivals

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Summary

First published in 1999, the focus of this ground-breaking study is on representing the mental world of the child with unprecedented clarity. Cedric Cullingford aims to show that this world, in its normal experience by children, is significantly unlike what we typically assume it to be, and significantly unlike anything exposed by the most prominent research programs. Querying common assumptions about children’s thinking, Cullingford begins with an outline of children’s understanding which emphasizes its range and complexity, along with an address of the mythology of children’s intellectual incapacity and preparation for the approach to be taken in detailing children’s construction of a sense of their world. The following four chapters combine to construct a description of how children approach their world, exploring theory of mind, the self, the family, the school and then the wider social and physical worlds. Cullingford achieves a vividness, immediacy and intensity not seen elsewhere, using the constant medium of the child’s gaze and demonstrating that the youngest child is not simply responsive but is active and critical in interrogating the world.

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