Education in Developing Countries of the Commonwealth

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Infant Care and Development in Urban Zambia

Mother - Infant interaction was observed in the natural setting in order to assess cognitive and motor development in Zambian children and explore the relationship between early maternal handling and later development. The study revealed that the homes of these infants were characterised by high frequency and stability of contacts with adults, and great variety of experience, but little deliberate stimulation of development of motor, cognitive or linguistic abilities, eg. through toys, or opportunity for play other than incidental.


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