The Learning Child: Guidelines for Parents and Teachers

The Learning Child: Guidelines for Parents and Teachers

by Dorothy Cohen

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Overview

Hailed as a classic in developmental psychology, The Learning Child is as relevant today as when it was first published in 1972, if not more so. Drawing on the findings of psychologists like Piaget, and on the author's own experiences teaching child development at New York’s Bank Street College, Cohen explores the crucial links between learning and the successive stages of childhood, and shows parents and teachers how to turn a child’s natural instinct for inquiry into a talent for learning that will last a lifetime.
 
“If American parents will read and listen to Dr. Cohen’s sensible, wise analysis of the way young children learn, my faith in human beings will be restored! . . . It was refreshing and reassuring to read a book by someone who approaches childhood with love and profound wisdom.” —Eda LeShan, author of When Your Child Drives You Crazy

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780805208566
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/01/1988
Series: Bank Street College of Education Child Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 388
Sales rank: 826,575
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

DOROTHY COHEN was a brilliant teacher, a prolific writer, and an internationally known educator whose books The Learning Child, Kindergarten and Early Schooling, and, with Virginia Stern, Observing and Recording the Behaviour of Young Children are classics in the fields of child development and education. She traveled widely in the United States and abroad and was a frequent public speaker on behalf of the political and social principles that were her life-long passion.

Dr. Cohen was a Bank Street student in the 1930s, then studied at Teacher's College and New York University, where she received her doctorate. She returned to Bank Street College in the 1960s as a member of the graduate faculty, advising, teaching, and writing until her death in 1979.

Throughout her professional career Dorothy Cohen inspired and encouraged generations of graduate students, teachers, parents, daycare workers, and colleagues to participate with her in broadening the notion of education, to, in her own words, "safeguard the humanness of our children."

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Introductionxv
What Does Innovative Mean?3
What Changes Do We Need?27
Developmental Aspects of Five-Year-Olds, Including Learning Style50
Kindergarten: Underpinning for Academic Learning72
Kindergarten and the Parent98
Developmental Aspects of Sixes and Sevens119
Intellectual Life in the Primary Grades144
The Meaning of the Skills: I. Reading165
The Meaning of the Skills: II. Writing188
The Meaning of the Skills: III. Mathematics195
Eight to Eleven: The Intermediate Years205
How Much Can They Learn?240
What Shall They Learn in the Intermediate Grades?257
Parent and Child During the Intermediate Years297
Beyond the Home to School and Community329
Index351

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