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A Child's Brain: The Need for Nurture
Sylwester, Robert (Edt)
Corwin Press / Softcover / 2010-08-01 / 1412962714
price: $38.75
216 pages
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Learn how a child's brain works, develops, and changes during the critical stages of childhood!

Robert Sylwester, author of 10 books, has written this volume 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 rich 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

A Child's Brain helps parents and educators understand the biological, emotional, and neurological changes that occur during childhood so they can support children's learning, socialization, and growth.


"This valuable, reader-friendly book helps parents, teachers, and others who work with young children understand the complex and amazing processes involved as the young brain grows and develops."
—David A. Sousa, Consultant in Educational Neuroscience, Author of How the Brain Learns

"The book reminds us of the importance of nurturing children. We need to help children develop from their core, even if that development cannot be measured on a test."
—Sonia Trehan Kelly, Director, Blue River Montessori School, Duxbury, MA



About the Author


Part 1. Understanding Childhood
1. Nature and Nurture: From Past to Present 2. Mastering Movement: From Imitation to Exploration 3. Brain Organization: From Input to Output 4. Development and Growth: From Womb to World

Part 2. Nurturing Childhood
5. Nurturing: From Unconditional Love to Behavioral Limits 6. Family and Friends: From Close to Loose Bonds 7. Nutrition: From Necessary to Nice 8. The Unexpected: From Joys and Toys to Fears and Tears 9. Childhood Illness: From Short to Long Term 10. Intelligence, Creativity, and the Arts: From What Is to What Could Be 11. Home and Beyond Home: From Biology to Technology 12: Preparing for Adolescence: From a Sheltered Childhood Toward an Autonomous Adulthood

About the Author:

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 (

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