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Children's Engagement in the World

Children's Engagement in the World
Sociocultural Perspectives

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Artin Goncu, Suzanne Gaskin, Jonathan Tudge, Diane Hogan, Soeun Lee, Peeter Tammeveski, Marika Meltsas, Natalya Kulakova, Irina Snezhkova, Sarah Putnam, Jo Ann M. Farver, Wendy L. Haight, Ute Tuermer, Joyti Jain, Danielle Johnson, Mary Gauvain, Steven R. Guberman, Christine C. Pappas
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  • Date Published: May 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521587228

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  • This volume describes children's development in their cultural contexts. It stresses the fact that the development of children in diverse cultures follows different paths, depending on specific developmental opportunities provided by their cultures. The book illustrates that the everyday work, school, and play activities provided for children vary from one culture to another depending on the social and economical structure of children's cultures, as well as adult beliefs about what sort of participation by children is valuable to secure optimal development. Thus, this volume proposes to study children's development and education within social as well as cultural contexts. The book's framework is a result of a synthesis of the most recent theoretical advances in cultural psychology. This volume draws heavily from cultural psychology, the cross-cultural tradition in developmental psychology, and the studies of Vygotsky.

    • Volume covers many different cultures in the world
    • Covers many different activities of childhood
    • Focuses on childhood development and education
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    "The great strength of this book lies in the solid epistemological foundations of the research presented in all the chapters and also in the righous methodology used by each researcher. The book should be important reading for all those who think about child development as a complex cultural system of interrelated meaningful actions." Theory & Psychology

    "...there is much in this book that will appeal to its intended audience...The chapters are readable, provide examples of programmatic research, and are likely to be rich anchors for discussions about the significance of the conceptual and methodological changes that are occurring in developmental science." Contemporary Psychology APA Review of Books.

    "...a significant contribution to the field of cross-cultural developmental psychology. Goncu's text is a timely engrossing text and an invaluable addition to the bookshelves of researchers and graduate students in developmental psychology, educational psychology, early childhood education, and related fields..." Mary Bryson, Suzanne de Castell and Masaki Kobayashi; Mind, Culture, and Activity: An International Journal

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    • Date Published: May 1999
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521587228
    • length: 280 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus. 8 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction:
    1. Children's and researchers' engagement in the world Artin Goncu
    Part II. Children's Engagement in the World:
    2. Children's daily lives in a Mayan village: a case study of culturally constructed roles and activities Suzanne Gaskins
    3. Cultural heterogeneity: parental values and beliefs and their preschoolers' activities in the United States, South Korea, Russia and Estonia Jonathan Tudge, Diane Hogan, Soeun Lee, Peeter Tammeveski, Marika Meltsas, Natalya Kulakova, Irina Snezhkova and Sarah Putnam
    Part III. Children's Engagement in Play:
    4. Activity setting analysis: a model for examining role of culture in development Jo Ann M. Farver
    5. The pragmatics of caregiver-child pretending at home: understanding culturally specific socialization practices Wendy L. Haight
    6. Children's play as cultural activity Artin Goncu, Ute Tuermer, Jyoti Jain and Danielle Johnson
    Part IV. Children's Engagement in Planning, Math and Literacy:
    7. Everyday opportunities for the development of planning skills: sociocultural and family influences Mary Gauvain
    8. Supportive environments for cognitive development: illustrations from children's mathematical activities outside of school Steven R. Guberman
    9. Becoming literate in the borderlands Christine C. Pappas.

  • Editor

    Artin Göncü, University of Illinois, Chicago

    Contributors

    Artin Goncu, Suzanne Gaskin, Jonathan Tudge, Diane Hogan, Soeun Lee, Peeter Tammeveski, Marika Meltsas, Natalya Kulakova, Irina Snezhkova, Sarah Putnam, Jo Ann M. Farver, Wendy L. Haight, Ute Tuermer, Joyti Jain, Danielle Johnson, Mary Gauvain, Steven R. Guberman, Christine C. Pappas

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