Children Communicating: The First 5 Years

Children Communicating: The First 5 Years

Children Communicating: The First 5 Years

Children Communicating: The First 5 Years

Synopsis

"Children Communicating: The First 5 Years is the first volume to integrate diverse bodies of research, enabling readers to garner further insights into the development of human communication. Beth Bonniwell Haslett and Wendy Samter examine how nonverbal communication, language, and cognition are integrated in a growing child's everyday interaction. Key principles and practices for parents or adults interested in child development are derived from a variety of fields including developmental and social psychology, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, and communication. Useful to students and scholars alike, this book provides a comprehensive overview of the various components of human communicative development and its significance for the child's cognitive and emotional growth." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Excerpt

This book offers a unique focus on the development of human communication and synthesizes a more comprehensive array of research than do most investigations of communicative development. After incorporating materials dealing with the development of nonverbal communication, language, and cognition, we examine how these abilities are integrated in young children's everyday interaction. We also distill information from various fields including developmental and social psychology, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, and, of course, communication into a set of key principles and practices for parents and other adults interested in child development.

We hope that this book is useful for students and scholars alike. Although we do not concentrate on any one area, we do attempt a comprehensive overview of the various components of human communicative development and its significance for children's cognitive and emotional growth.

We also hope this book is the first of many to integrate diverse bodies of research. Developmental processes are constrained by multiple influences whose interactions researchers are just beginning to uncover. Examining the diverse facets of communicative development will produce further insights into the mystery of human communication.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

Each of us would like to acknowledge the many individuals who have contributed to this endeavor. The people helping to shape our thoughts are listed in the following paragraphs, but we would also like to thank each other for the mutual . . .

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