Apprenticeship in Thinking
Cognitive Development in Social Context
ISBN13: 9780195070033ISBN10: 0195070038 Paperback, 272 pages
Feb 1991, In Stock
Retail Price to Students:$49.95 (04)
272 pages; 45 illus.; 6-1/8 x 9-1/4; ISBN13: 978-0-19-507003-3ISBN10: 0-19-507003-8
"A major contribution to the study of cognitive development because it builds sociocultural factors into theory and method from the outset. . . The best account of a sociocultural approach to cognitive development we have to date." --Science
DescriptionThis 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.
- 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.