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Apprenticeship in Thinking

Cognitive Development in Social Context

Barbara Rogoff

Publication Date - February 1991

ISBN: 9780195070033

272 pages
Paperback
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

Retail Price to Students: $74.99

This work presents an integration of theory and research on how children develop their thinking as they participate in cultural activity with the guidance and challenge of their caregivers and other companions.

Description

This interdisciplinary work presents an integration of theory and research on how children develop their thinking as they participate in cultural activity with the guidance and challenge of their caregivers and other companions. The author, a leading developmental psychologist, views development as an apprenticeship in which children engage in the use of intellectual tools in societally structured activities with parents, other adults, and children. The author has gathered evidence from various disciplines--cognitive, developmental, and cultural psychology; anthropology; infancy studies; and communication research--furnishing a coherent and broadly based account of cognitive development in its sociocultural context. This work examines the mutual roles of the individual and the sociocultural world, and the culturally based processes by which children appropriate and extend skill and understanding from their involvement in shared thinking with other people. The book is written in a lively and engaging style and is supplemented by photographs and original illustrations by the author.

Features

  • A compelling new theory of how children learn from a leading developmental psychologist.
  • Written in an engaging style and illustrated by photographs and original drawings by the author.
  • Cloth edition, published in January 1990 at $27.95, has sold almost 2000 copies.

About the Author(s)

Barbara Rogoff is currently Professor of Psychology and Coordinator of the Developmental Psychology Program at the University of Utah.

Table of Contents

    1. Cognitive Development in Social Context
    PART I: The Individual and the Sociocultural Context
    2. Conceiving the Relationship of the Social World and the Individual
    3. The Sociocultural Context of Cognitive Activity
    PART II: Processes of Guided Participation
    4. Providing Bridges from Known to New
    5. Structuring Situations and Transferring Responsibility
    6. Cultural Universals and Variations in Guided Participation
    PART III: Cognitive Development Through Interaction with Adults and Peers
    7. Explanations of Cognitive Development through Social Interaction: Vygotsky and Piaget
    8. Evidence of Learning from Guided Participation with Adults
    9. Peer Interaction and Cognitive Development
    10. Shared Thinking and Guided Participation

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