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Educating the Evolved Mind: Conceptual Foundations for an Evolutionary Educational Psychology. Psychological Perspectives on Contemporary Educational Issues. Jerry S. Carlson

Educating the Evolved Mind: Conceptual Foundations for an Evolutionary Educational Psychology. Psychological Perspectives on Contemporary Educational Issues.

Jerry S. Carlson

Published January 10th 2010
ISBN : 9781281412102
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203 pages
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In this volume, David Geary provides a comprehensive theory that brings childrens education into the 21st century, and provides directions for the development of a new discipline, evolutionary educational psychology. Geary presents the case that aMoreIn this volume, David Geary provides a comprehensive theory that brings childrens education into the 21st century, and provides directions for the development of a new discipline, evolutionary educational psychology. Geary presents the case that a scientifically grounded approach to childrens schooling and, to a lesser degree, their later occupational interests can be informed by recent advances in the application of evolutionary theory to the understanding of the human brain, mind, and its development. He develops a taxonomy of evolved cognitive abilities and describes how, from an evolutionary perspective, these abilities are modified and refined during childhood. From there, he lays the framework for understanding the relation between evolved abilities, such as language, and the non-evolved competencies that are built from them with schooling, such as reading. Geary describes the mechanisms, such as working memory, that enable humans to transform evolved cognitive abilities into culturally important, school taught competencies.These are integrated with discussion of human intellectual history and cultural evolution, and the sources of childrens motivation to learn inside and outside of the classroom. In all, this may well be the most revolutionary theory of childrens schooling since Rousseau.