Wider Reading

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Below are some suggestions for wider reading with links to how children develop and how we have changed the way that we educate and communicate with them. They are grouped into these categories:

Early Development
Some of the books are very easy to read and some are more difficult. Start where you feel comfortable.

  • Understanding Children’s Development, Smith, Cowie, Blades, 2003
  • Cognitive Psychology, Eysenck and Keane, 2010
  • Toxic Childhood: How The Modern World Is Damaging Our Children And What We Can Do About It, Sue Palmer, 2006
  • Sue Palmer website: http://www.suepalmer.co.uk/
  • The Shallows, how the internet is changing the way we read, think and remember, Carr, 2010
  • Nicholas Carr website: http://www.nicholasgcarr.com/
  • Why Love Matters, how affection shapes a baby’s brain, Sue Gerhardt, 2004
  • MIT on line courses in the Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department

http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/audio-video-courses/#brain-and-cognitive-sciences
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Gross Motor Skills Development

  • The Well Balanced Child: Movement and Early Learning, Sally Goddard Blythe, 2006
  • Assessing Neuromotor Readiness for Learning, Sally Goddard Blythe, 2012
  • Institute for Neuro-Physiological Psychology www.inpp.org.uk
  • Patsy Rodenburg, Speaking Shakespeare, 2005
  • British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine (BASEM) http://www.basem.co.uk/

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Auditory Development

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Visual Development

  • See What I’m Saying: The Extraordinary Powers of Our Five Senses, by Lawrence D. Rosenblum, 2010
  • Basic Vision: An Introduction to Visual Perception, Robert Snowden, Peter Thompson, Tom Troscianko, 2006
  • Dyslexia and Vision, Bruce Evans, 2001
  • Optometric Management of Learning-Related Vision Problems, Scheiman & Rouse, 2006
  • Improve Your Vision without Glasses, Beresford et al, 1996
  • Can Learn website: http://www.eyecanlearn.com/

Children’s books are very good for understanding visual development; ask yourself how not being able to see 3D would affect your perception of the world:

  • Magic in Art, Discover how Paintings aren’t always what they seem to be, Alexander Sturgis, 2003;
  • 3D World Atlas & Tour, Marie Javins, 2008.

Other recommended websites for visual development:

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Teaching, Learning and Education

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General Cognitive Science

  • Interactive Media, Attention and Well-­Being, A National Science Foundation Report, 2012
  • Wilful Blindness, Margaret Heffernan, 2011
  • Risk, Dan Gardner, 2008
  • The Social Animal, David Brooks, 2011
  • The Chimp Paradox, the mind management programme for confidence, success and happiness, Dr Steve Peters, 2011
  • The Secret Life of the Grown-Up Brain, Barbara Strauch, 2010
  • Thinking Fast and Slow, Kahneman, 2011
  • The Wisdom of Psychopaths, Kevin Dutton, 2012
  • Power, Robert Greene, 2012
  • Predictably Irrational, Dan Ariely, 2009
  • Animal Spirits, Akerlof & Schiller, 2009
  • Mapping The Mind, Rita Carter, 2010
  • Rainy Brain, Sunny Brain, Elaine Fox, 2012
  • The Sharp Brains Guide to Brain Fitness: 18 Interviews with Scientists, Practical Advice and Product Reviews To Keep Your Brain Sharp, Fernandez and Goldberg 2012
  • The real reason for brains, Daniel Wolpert, 2011

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