Adult social cognition: implications of parents' ideas for approaches to development

Jacqueline Goodnow, Rosemary Knight, Judith Cashmore

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    Studies of cognitive development benefit from exploration across a range of content areas and age levels, with the results from one age level or domain supplementing and challenging proposals based on results from another. This paper describes such an effect. The research started with questions related to parents’ ideas about childhood and parenting, using this domain as a step towards filling gaps in accounts of adult cognitive development and of socialization. The end-result was a questioning of the way cognitive development is usually de­ scribed, for both adults and children and for both “ physical” and “ social” cognition.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCognitive perspectives on children's social and behavioral development
    Subtitle of host publicationThe Minnesota Symposia on Child Psychology
    EditorsMarion Perlmutter
    Place of PublicationHillsdale, N. J.
    PublisherL. Erlbaum Associates
    Number of pages38
    ISBN (Electronic)9781315802343
    ISBN (Print)0898595460
    Publication statusPublished - 1986

    Publication series

    NameMinnesota symposia on child psychology
    PublisherL. Erlbaum Associates
    ISSN (Print)0076-9266

    Bibliographical note

    1st published 1986. Ebook published 2014.

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