A Child's Brain: The Need for Nurture

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Corwin Press, Sep 9, 2010 - Education - 185 pages
Robert Sylwester, author of 10 books, has written this latest book to help parents and educators understand children's cognitive development and provide suggestions on how to nurture children to their full potential. A companion to The Adolescent Brain, this resource examines the neurobiology of childhood, explaining the body/brain systems that develop during pregnancy, infancy, and childhood; explores factors that can enhance or delay development, such as nutrition, family life, relationships, illness, intelligence, technology, creativity, and the arts ; provides practical suggestions to help adults promote healthy development and successful learning in the children they encounter ; includes a glossary of neurobiological terms.

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About the Author
Part 1 Understanding Childhood
From Past to Present
From Imitation to Exploration
From Input to Output
From Womb to World
From Joys and Toys to Fears and Tears
From Short to Long Term
From What Is to What Could Be
From Biology to Technology
From a Sheltered Childhood Toward an Autonomous Adulthood
Appendix A Neurons and Glial Cells
Appendix B Theories of Multiple Intelligences

Part 2 Nurturing Childhood
From Unconditional Love to Behavioral Limits
From Close to Loose Bonds
From Necessary to Nice
Print and Electronic References and Additional Resources

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Robert Sylwester is an Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Oregon who focuses on the educational implications of new developments in science and technology. He has written 20 books and curricular programs and 200+ journal articles. His most recent books are The Adolescent Brain: Reaching for Autonomy (2007, Corwin Press) and How to Explain a Brain: An Educator’s Handbook of Brain Terms and Cognitive Processes (2005, Corwin Press). He received two Distinguished Achievement Awards from The Education Press Association of America for his syntheses of cognitive science research, published in Educational Leadership. He has made 1600+ conference and staff development presentations on educationally significant developments in brain/stress theory and research. Sylwester wrote a monthly column for the Internet journal, Brain Connection, throughout its 2000-2009 existence, and is now a regular contributor to the Information Age Education Newsletter (http://i-a-e.org/).

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