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Current Topics in Children's Learning and Cognition

As a whole, the essays in this book address theoretical and empirical issues related to children's learning and cognition. The first essay, titled Learning in Cognitive Niches, treats the process of sense making on a theoretical level, discussing the complexity of factors that give rise to children's learning. It is followed by an essay, titled Using the Dynamics of a Person-Context System to Describe Children's Understanding of Air Pressure, that applies ideas from complexity science and dynamics-systems theory to children's learning about science. The next four essays summarize and synthesize already published findings, in an effort to go beyond individual viewpoints and present a more nuanced picture of children's sense making. In particular, two of these summaries, Preschoolers Learning Science: Myth or Reality? and The Emergence of Scientific Reasoning, focus on children's ability to make sense of their physical environment. The essay Cognition and the Child Witness: Understanding the Impact of Cognitive Development in Forensic Contexts seeks to shed light on children's sense making relevant to forensic issues. And the essay Beyond the Black-and-White of Autism: How Cognitive Performance Varies with Context ventures in the area of autism, a disorder that demonstrates atypical processes of combining pieces of information. The final two essays provide original data to add to the discussion of what factors affect cognitive functioning. In particular, the essay Cognitive Fitness in Young Adult Video Game Players seeks to re-assess the often-assumed relation between video gaming and various aspects of thinking, memory, intelligence, and visual-spatial abilities. And the essay Impact of Moving Away from Home on Undergraduate Metacognitive Development explicitly connects life circumstances to the ability to monitor and control one's thinking. Together, the collection of essays are a further step towards understanding the process of sense making as children and young adults interact with their environment.

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Current Topics in Children's Learning and CognitionEdited by Heidi Kloos

Published: November 14th 2012

DOI: 10.5772/1162

ISBN: 978-953-51-0855-9

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21895 Total Chapter Downloads

8 Crossref Citations

18 Web of Science Citations

24 Dimensions Citations

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1. Learning in Cognitive Niches

By Ana Flávia Lopes Magela Gerhardt

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2. Using the Dynamics of a Person-Context System to Describe Children’s Understanding of Air Pressure

By Steffie Van der Steen, Henderien Steenbeek and Paul Van Geert

1851

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3. Preschoolers Learning Science: Myth or Reality?

By Heidi Kloos, Heather Baker, Eleanor Luken, Rhonda Brown, David Pfeiffer and Victoria Carr

2956

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4. The Emergence of Scientific Reasoning

By Bradley J. Morris, Steve Croker, Amy M. Masnick and Corinne Zimmerman

2795

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5. Cognition and the Child Witness: Understanding the Impact of Cognitive Development in Forensic Contexts

By Daisy A. Segovia and Angela M. Crossman

4569

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6. Beyond the Black-and-White of Autism: How Cognitive Performance Varies with Context

By Joseph L. Amaral, Susan Collins, Kevin T. Bohache and Heidi Kloos

3474

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7. Psychological Fitness in Young Adult Video Game Players

By Mieczyslaw Pokorski, Lukasz Borecki and Urszula Jernajczyk

2448

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8. The Impact of Moving Away from Home on Undergraduate Metacognitive Development

By Kevin Downing

2385

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