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The Widening World of Childhood

reviewed by Katharine Cobb - 1964

coverTitle: The Widening World of Childhood
Author(s): Lois B. Murphy
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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Katherine Maurer Cobb, a specialist in child development, uses a clutch of recent books as a basis for showing that our conception of childhood and adolescence is very different from what it was 15 years ago. But although our knowledge is greater, there are still poignant gaps in our understanding—an understanding which becomes ever more crucial in modern society. How refreshing to find five books on human development, all published in 1962, which reflect the scientific advances of the 1950s! The tiresome dichotomies of earlier decades between "mind and body" and "heredity and environment" are missing entirely from four of the five books and mentioned as outmoded in the fifth. These thread-bare and fruitless ideas from the past are replaced by the more sophisticated views of the continuous interaction of different parts of the developing organism, and between the organism and its external environment from the moment of conception to death. All... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 65 Number 4, 1964, p. 380-380
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 2797, Date Accessed: 9/29/2020 5:38:43 PM

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