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The cultural nature of human development

The cultural nature of human development

Author: Barbara Rogoff
Publisher: Oxford [UK] ; New York : Oxford University Press, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book   Computer File : EnglishView all editions and formats
"Barbara Rogoff argues that human development must be understood as a cultural process. Individuals develop as participants in their cultural communities, engaging with others in shared endeavors and building on cultural practices of prior generations ... [This book] identifies patterns in the differences and similarities among cultural communities, such as children's opportunities to engage in mature activities of  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Computer File, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Barbara Rogoff
ISBN: 0195131339 9780195131338
OCLC Number: 50132243
Awards: Winner of Chosen as one of the CHOICE Outstanding Academic Books of 2004.
Description: xiii, 434 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Orienting concepts and ways of understanding the cultural nature of human development : Looking for cultural regularities ; Orienting concepts for understanding cultural processes ; Moving beyond initial assumptions ; Diverse goals of development ; Learning through insider/outsider communication ; Moving between local and global understanding --
Development as transformation of participation in cultural activities : A logical puzzle for researchers ; Concepts relating cultural and individual development ; Sociocultural-historical theory ; Development as transformation of participation in sociocultural activity --
Individuals, generations, and dynamic cultural communities : Humans are biologically cultural ; Participation in dynamic cultural communities --
Child rearing in families and communities : Family composition and governments ; Cultural strategies for child survival and care ; Infant-caregiver attachment ; Family and community role specializations ; Children;s participation in or segregation from mature community activities ; Engaging in groups or dyads --
Developmental transitions in individuals' roles in their communities : Age as a cultural metric for development ; Developmental transitions marking change in relation to the community ; Rates of passing developmental " milestones" ; According infants a unique social status ; Responsible roles in childhood ; Adolescence as a special stage ; Initiation to manhood and womanhood ; Marriage and parenthood as markers of adulthood ; Midlife in relation to maturation of the next generation ; Gender roles --
Interdependence and autonomy : Sleeping "independently" ; Independence versus interdependence with autonomy ; Adult-child cooperation and control ; Teaing and shaming as indirect forms of social control ; Conceptions of moral relations ; Cooperation and competition --
Thinking with the tools and institutions of culture : Specific contexts rather than general ability : Piaget around the world ; Schooling practices in cognitive tests: classification and memory ; Cultural values of intelligence and maturity ; Generalizing experience from one situation to another ; Learning to fit approaches flexibly to circumstances ; Distributed cognition in the use of cultural tools for thinking --
Learning through guided participation in cultural endeavors : Basic processes of guided participation ; Distinctive forms of guided participation --
Cultural change and relations among communities : Living the traditions of multiple communities ; Conflict among cultural groups ; Transformations through cultural contact across human history ; Western schooling as a locus of culture change ; The persistence of traditional ways in changing cultural systems ; Dynamic cultural processes building on more than one way ; A few regularities ; Concluding with a return to orienting concepts.
Responsibility: Barbara Rogoff.
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