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Supporting Children’s Cognitive Development Studies of cognitive development have led researchers to understand the developing mind as astonishingly active and insightful from a very young age. As early as infancy, for example, children derive theories to explain the behavior of people and the actions of objects. Being aware of what research has discovered about babies’ and young children’s cognitive development can help adults who work with children better support their learning. Infants and toddlers Research has shown that what is going on in babies’ and young children’s minds is much more complex and sophisticated than their outward behavior reveals. Early learning occurs on two levels: the growth of knowledge that is visible and apparent – language learning, for example, and learning about how objects work – and the growth of implicit learning, which is harder to observe. Many of the strikingly competent and insightful things going on in young children’s minds are not transparent in their behavior. Because of this, the cognitive abilities of young children are
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