Perhaps more than other children's literature and film, preschool books
and television programs tend to be rooted in teaching the very young
something or other -- letters, numbers, colours, music, sports, values.
What is not clear is just what sort of research on cognitive and emotional
development supports these pedagogic efforts.
Are some books and television shows better than others at promoting
development and acuity in small children, and, if so, why?
What does research in developmental and behavioural paediatrics and in
social learning tell us about optimizng infant development, about the role
of observational learning, about how to promote moral reasoning and