Cognition and Cognitive Development


Cognition and Cognitive Development

Instructor: J. Ramadas; Tutor: Meena Kharatmal


Course sequencing (references are below):

Jan 21 to Feb 28 - Cognition
Matlin. Chapters 1, 2-3 (selections), 4-8, 11-13 (selections)

March 1 to 15 - Piaget on cognitive development
Brown & Desforges. Chapters 1-3 (selections)

March 16 to 31 - Vygotsky on cognitive development
Bruner; Vygotsky. Preface, Introduction, Chapters 1, 2 and 9 (selections)

April 1 to 15 - Cognitive basis of science Carruthers et al. Chapters 1-4

Text / Reference Books:

Matlin, Margaret W. (2006). Cognition (6th edn.). Hoboken, USA: John Wiley & Sons. Inc.
(See also John Wiley's "Student Companion Site" for this book.)

Brown, G. & Desforges, C. (1979). Piaget's Theory - A Psychological Critique. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul Ltd.

Bruner, J. (1987). Prologue. In Rieber, R. W. & Carton, A. S. (Eds.) The Collected Works of L. S. Vygotsky. (Vol. 1).
Problems of General Psychology. New York: Plenum Press.


Vygotsky, L. S. (1997). Educational Psychology. USA: CRC Press LLC.


Carruthers, P., Stich, S. & Siegal, M. (Eds.) (2002): The Cognitive Basis of Science. UK: Cambridge University Press.


Additional references:



Miller, P. H. (2001). Theories of Developmental Psychology (4th edn.).


Flavell, J. H., Miller, P. H., & Miller, S. A. (2002). Cognitive Development (4th edn.). New Jersey: Prentice Hall.


(Later editions if available)


Kozulin, A., Gindis, B., Ageyev, V. & Miller, S. (Eds.) (2003): Vygotsky's Educational Theory in Cultural Context.

Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
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