Early Cognition and Education

Early Cognition and Education

Course Number: EDUC X86.21

5 units

The goal of this course is to better understand how children's thinking and mental abilities change from infancy on through age two. The course examines competing theories of intellectual development, with special emphasis on Piaget's contributions to our understanding of sensori-motor intelligence. The importance of early development is extensively explored through recent findings in neuroscience, enriched vs. impoverished environments, effects of play, nutrition, quality of day-care, and early intervention studies. The course culminates with an extensive examination of stage-appropriate activities designed to enrich intellectual development.


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