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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(5), 375–376. Reviews the book, Developmental Psychology: An Introduction by Howard Gardner (see record 1979-20691-000). Gardner's structural design includes a five-fold division corresponding to the five major developmental stages from infancy through adolescence; in each division, the focus falls on those issues and domains that appear most crucial for that stage. The three chapters on infancy-attachment, attachment, gaining knowledge about the world, and discovery of the self is the first part of the book. In part 2, on the preschool years, the chapter on language development is very thorough. In the section on the years from 5 to 7, there are two good chapters on communication and the child's use of symbols in creative media, and a splendid interlude on the controversy over infantile autism. Gardner sustains the themes until the last page and makes a graceful exit. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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