The Importance of Early Childhood for Education and Development

Authored by: Emiliana Vegas , Analía Jaimovich

Routledge Handbook of International Education and Development

Print publication date:  August  2015
Online publication date:  July  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415747547
eBook ISBN: 9781315797007
Adobe ISBN: 9781317752240

10.4324/9781315797007.ch18

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Abstract

In recent years, scientific research on how the brain develops has provided convincing evidence that the early years are a critical time in an individual’s life. It is during these years that the brain develops at the fastest rate in our lifetimes, providing (or not) essential abilities that influence wide-ranging important skills, including, among others, our capacity to learn and analyse problems, speak multiple languages, develop musical ability, have better physical health, and effectively cope with stress and other emotions during adulthood (Shonkoff and Phillips 2000).

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