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This book introduces the inter-disciplinary study of childhood and youth and the multi-agency practice of professionals who serve the needs of children, young people and their families. Exploring key theories and central ideas, research methodology, policy and practice, it takes a holistic, contextual approach that values difference and diversity. It examines concepts such as identity, representation, creativity and discourse and issues such as ethnicity, gender and the ‘childhood in crisis’ thesis. Furthermore, it challenges opinion by exploring complex and controversial modern-day issues, and by engaging with a range of perspectives to highlight debates within the field.

Cognitive Development
Cognitive development

Cognitive development can simply be defined as the structured growth of mind. The process begins before birth. Once a child is born this embodiment of a new generation is subsumed within the old, receiving and absorbing the past and present knowledge of its culture. The child learns facts, ideas, beliefs and behaviours. The production and use of signs, symbols and artefacts become part of the child's repertoire of individual and social accomplishments. How does this happen? Yes, the child learns systematically ...

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