The Science of Child Development

Shuttleworth Sally

in The Mind of the Child

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780199582563
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191702327 | DOI:
The Science of Child Development

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This chapter examines the emergence of the science of child development in England during the last three decades of the 19th century. It suggests that the beginnings of British scientific interest in the area can be traced to the publication of Charles Darwin's article ‘A Biographical Sketch of an Infant’ in the 1877 issue of the journal, Mind. This article had a catalytic effect on the field of child development and it influenced the introduction of the idea of keeping a diary of an infant's progress into pedagogic and child-rearing literature.

Keywords: child development; England; Charles Darwin; children; child-rearing; infant's progress

Chapter.  4437 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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