Give Me a Child until He Is Seven: Brain Studies and Early Childhood Education

Give Me a Child until He Is Seven: Brain Studies and Early Childhood Education

Give Me a Child until He Is Seven: Brain Studies and Early Childhood Education

Give Me a Child until He Is Seven: Brain Studies and Early Childhood Education

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This book represents the essence of many talks given to parents and to teachers of nursery and infant children, NNEB lecturers, playgroup leaders and teacher trainers over the past twelve years. The comments and constructive criticism after each talk have done much to chasten and improve what is written here for they were based in most instances not on theory but on the reality of the classrooms. The work of many eminent authorities on the brain has been used in writing this book. My contribution has been to draw out of these discoveries some twenty-one principles which seem to me to apply to learning.

Over many years Dr Freda Newcombe, Director of the MRC Neuropsychology Unit at The Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford and Fellow of Linacre College has given me much help and encouragement with the subject of this book and has also read the typescript. I would like to thank her for her continued interest and beneficial criticism. Professor Horace B Barlow, MD, FRS, Royal Society Research Professor of the Department of Physiology, University of Cambridge, has been generous enough to write an illuminating preface to the book. For this and for his apt advice on the text I thank him. Mrs Rosemary Peacocke, my former HMI colleague, has read the book and given me the benefit of her long

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