What Young Children Do Know

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(8), 613–615. Reviews the book, The Child's Understanding of Number by Rochel Gelman and C. R. Gallistel (see record 1980-51353-000). The publication of this book may mark a sea change in the way that we think about cognitive development. The Child's Understanding of Number represents the most original and provocative manifestation to date of this new trend. This book is organized into three sections. The first is a review of existing research suggesting that preschoolers may be more intellectually competent than generally thought. The second describes a new line of research on children's counting and reasoning about number. The third is an attempt to explain what develops and how, with particular reference to the number domain. Of these three sections, the second is the longest and most stimulating. The other main focus of the book is on numerical reasoning principles. The Child's Understanding of Number merits praise on a number of grounds. In summation, Gelman and Gallistel's approach is an innovative one. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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