Cognitive functioning is a new and important advancement in cognitive psychology and cognitive science. Cognitive functions are a central focus in the dynamic and mediational approach to assessment and intervention. An understanding of cognitive functions is the key to the design of effective cognitive intervention and enrichment programs.
This book focuses on the mind of the learner, particularly on the nature and characteristics of cognitive functioning. It covers innovative and effective approaches to the enhancement of learning potential and cognitive functioning of children and adolescents. The approaches are grounded in theories pertaining to cognitive functions, cognitive modifiability, and dynamic assessment.
Written in clear language, the book illustrates the nature of cognitive functioning and the application of certain cognitive programs and interventions across contexts. The nature of cognitive functioning today is of interest not only to cognitive psychologists but also to those working in the multiple disciplines of neuroscience, cognitive systems, and human factors design. Cognitive enrichment programs and assessment scales such as LPAD-B, FIE-B, ACFS, MindLadder, Building Blocks of Learning, and MIDAS and their applications in different environments are highlighted in the book and examples of good practice and a variety of mediational and dynamic assessment tools discussed.
Educational practitioners working closely with children, counselors, parents, and caregivers will find the book a valuable reference.
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SENG ALICE SEOK-HOON
Is Associate Professor of Psychological Studies at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She has over 30 years’ experience in pre-service teacher education, and her academic background covers early childhood development, educational research methodologies, and cognitive education. A Fulbright Scholar and a recipient of the East-West Center award, she was the Field Director of the Bernard van Leer Foundation research project on the cognitive and social development of preschoolers in Singapore. She has been the Vice-President (Asia Pacific) of the International Association for Cognitive Education and Psychology. She has given numerous training workshops on mediated learning experience to teachers and parent groups. She was the main editor of the book on Mediated Learning Experience with Children: Applications Across Context.
Is Associate Professor and Head of Psychological Studies at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University. Professor Tan is Director of The Singapore Center for Teaching Thinking and President of the Educational Research Association of Singapore. He was previously Director of the Temasek Centre for Problem-Based Learning where he won an Innovator award from The Enterprise Challenge Unit (Prime Minister’s Office) for co-pioneering a project on ‘Education Innovation for Knowledge-Based Economy’. He has published extensively in areas pertaining to learning and cognition and has been a keynote speaker at numerous international conferences in USA. Australia and Asia. He is the main author of the university textbook Educational Psychology: A Researcher-Practitioner Approach (An Asian Edition) . His research interests include amongst other things the study of cognitive functioning, mediated learning and problem-based learning.
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