ERIC Number: ED358920
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Growing Up in Singapore: The Pre-School Years.
Sim, Ko Peng, Ed.; Kam, Ho Wah, Ed.
Derived from the first phase of a research study entitled "The Cognitive and Social Development of Pre-School Children in Singapore" (the IE-BvLF study), the essays in this collection focus on the language, numeracy, cognitive, and social development of approximately 3,000 Singapore children between 1983 and 1986. Following a prologue offering an example of a researcher-child dialogue, Ho Wah Kam in the Introduction to the book describes the theoretical underpinnings of the IE-BvLF study, traces changing perspectives on early language development, and reviews research on thought and language, bilingualism, and bilingualism and cognition. After summarizing the remaining chapters, Kam explains the cross-cultural perspective and value judgements embedded in the research. The remaining chapters are: (1) "Singapore Pre-schoolers: How Much Do We Know about Them?" (Sim Wong Kooi and Frances Lee Moi Fah); (2) "Children's Language: How Do Our Children Communicate?" (Frances Lee Moi Fah); (3) "Children's Thinking: How Do Our Children Make Sense of the World?" (Ko Peng Sim and Frances Lee Moi Fah); (4) "Children's Talk and Play: Do Our Children's Behaviours Reflect Their Parents and Homes?" (Frances Lee Moi Fah); and (5) "The Cognitive and Social Development of Pre-School Children in Singapore: What Have We Learned from the IE-BvLF Study?" (Ko Peng Sim). Appendixes contain an explanation of the research methodology, a list of the seminars and activities through which study findings have been disseminated, and a taxonomy of Social, Cognitive, Mathematics, and Language Tasks. (AC)
Descriptors: Child Language, Cognitive Development, Developing Nations, Foreign Countries, Language Acquisition, Longitudinal Studies, Play, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Research Methodology, Social Development
Longman Singapore Publishers (Pte) Limited, 25, First Lok Yang Road, Singapore 2262.
Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Parents
Sponsor: Bernard Van Leer Foundation, The Hague (Netherlands).
Authoring Institution: Institute of Education (Singapore).
Identifiers - Location: Singapore