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Entering the Child's Mind

Entering the Child's Mind
The Clinical Interview In Psychological Research and Practice


  • Date Published: March 1998
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521498036

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  • Entering the Child's Mind teaches a powerful technique for gaining insight into a child's way of thinking. In the tradition of Piaget and Vygotsky, Dr Herbert P. Ginsburg argues that standardized instruments of evaluation often fail to meet the challenges of complex cognition. He presents the 'clinical interview' as a powerful tool that, when understood and used properly, can provide psychologists with a profound appreciation for children's thinking. Dr Ginsburg aims to convince the reader that the method has important applications in research, clinical practice, and education. The clinical interview offers a degree of flexibility that allows psychologists to more closely assess the thinking of a particular child.

    • The first comprehensive treatment of the theory and practice of the clinical interview method
    • Presents underlying rationale for a key 'qualitative' method, the deliberately non-standardized clinical interview procedure
    • Offers user-friendly practical guidelines for conducting the clinical interview
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    'Ginsburg's excellent account of the clinical interview should appeal to anyone who works, or is thinking of working with children.' Janine Spencer, London Guildhall University

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 1998
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521498036
    • length: 296 pages
    • dimensions: 238 x 145 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus. 5 maps 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The need to move beyond standardized methods
    2. What is the clinical interview? Where did it come from? Why do it?
    3. What happens in the clinical interview
    4. Not a cookbook: guidelines for conducting a clinical interview
    5. Evaluating clinical interviews: how good are they
    6. Towards the future: the clinical interview and the curriculum

  • Author

    Herbert P. Ginsburg, Columbia University, New York

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