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Children's Understanding of Biology and Health : Cambridge Studies in Cognitive & Perceptual Development - Michael Siegal

Children's Understanding of Biology and Health

Cambridge Studies in Cognitive & Perceptual Development

By: Michael Siegal (Editor), Candida C. Peterson (Editor)

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Published: 28th November 1999
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This book uses new research and theory to present the first state-of-the-art account of children's understanding of biology and health. Each of the contributors views children's understanding in these areas to be to some extent adaptive to their well-being and survival and uses evidence collected through a variety of different techniques to consider whether young children are capable of basic theorising and understanding of health and illness. Topics ranging from babies to the elderly including birth, death, contamination and contagion, food and pain are examined and close links between research and practice are made with obvious attendant benefits in terms of education and communication. The combination of theory and practice will guarantee the appeal of this book to an international audience of advanced undergraduate and post graduate students and professionals in areas such as education, child welfare, medicine and law.

'... this is a fresh and insightful examination of an important area of children's understanding which, given its dual emphasis on both theoretical and applied issues, should appeal to both developmental psychologists and medical professionals alike.' Infant and Child Development '... a vital and valuable book that everyone who works with children and young people should consult in depth.' Health Education

Introduction
Development of Biological Understanding
Young children's understanding of mind-body relationships
How a naive theory of biology is acquired
Constructing a coherent theory; children's biological understanding of life and death Virginia Slaughter
Health Issues
What young children's understanding of contamination and contagion tells us about their concepts of illness
Children and pain
Children and food
The ethics of emaciation: moral connotations of body, self and diet
Applications
Considering children's folkbiology in health education
Young children's understanding of the physician's role and the medical hearsay exception
Cognitive development and the competence to consent to medical and psychotherapeutic treatment
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ISBN: 9780521620987
ISBN-10: 0521620988
Series: Cambridge Studies in Cognitive & Perceptual Development
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 306
Published: 28th November 1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.62