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Useful for students?,
This review is from: How Babies Think: The Science of Childhood (Paperback)
I read this a book as a new parent and found it wonderfully infomrative and entertaining. I judged it as a university lecturer, health professional and someone who studied developmental psychology in depth as an undergraduate.The book is excellent - it is a model of good communication. Accesibility is sometimes quite compatible with academic rigour even though many in the business act as if it is not. If it's not your thing fine but don't knock it!
It is not designed as a sole textbook. It pulls together a broad range of higly complex research in a way that is understandable and gives the bigger picture of a whole child at the centre. It gives a good account of the conclusions of up to date research but it doesn't give detail of it nor is it the best source to use to get straight to the primary research. Its a small price to pay for making the book so readable. I would hope that students have access to other texts and references to primary sources in any case.
The role it can serve and does serve well is to give a broad picture to any novice to the 'academic' discipline. New students need that more than new parents. New parents will I think enjoy the ride and might benefit from the ocassional reminder that all that dribbling gurgling and chaos emanates from a sophiticated being who is solving problems now and will be teaching you new things in a year or two....