Category Archives: Children’s thinking

When Kids Have Structure for Thinking, Better Learning Emerges

“When we have a rich meta-strategic base for our thinking, that helps us to be more independent learners,” said Project Zero senior research associate Ron Ritchhart at a Learning and the Brain conference. “If we don’t have those strategies, if … Continue reading

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Handbook of Young Children’s Thinking and Understanding

This ground-breaking handbook provides a much-needed, contemporary and authoritative reference text on young children’s thinking. The different perspectives represented in the thirty-nine chapters contribute to a vibrant picture of young children, their ways of thinking and their efforts at understanding, … Continue reading

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What the New Science of Child Development Tells Us About the Relationship Between Parents and Children

Caring deeply about our children is part of what makes us human. Yet the thing we call “parenting” is a surprisingly new invention. In the past thirty years, the concept of parenting and the multi-billion dollar industry surrounding it have … Continue reading

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Vygotsky’s phases of Everyday Concept Development and Children’s “working theories”

The impact of Vygotsky’s theorising about culture, development, learning and education continues into the 21st century. This paper focuses on teachers’ understandings of elements of young children’s thinking. Young children have been described as “life theorizers”, keenly motivated to make … Continue reading

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