ERIC Number: ED049819
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Child Development Research Unit Progress Report, February, 1970.
University Coll., Nairobi (Kenya).; Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA.
To insure the most accurate research, it is necessary to have teams of scientists from the culture being studied and from a contrasting culture. The indigenous members of the team provide a sensitivity to nuances of meaning and interpretations of intent of behavior that cannot easily be recognized by an outsider. The outsider team members will contribute objectivity to the research. Working under this principle, the Child Development Research Unit provides an apprentice program to train indigenous behavioral scientists for research in Kenya. Students at the University of East Africa are hired as apprentices during their summer vacations. Each field team establishes a panel community, a set of households among which the mothers participate together in activities and form a social network including at least 100 preadolescent children. Since each field team designs its own research, many varied factors influencing the way in which children learn have been explored, including: salience of the father, composition of the household, sibling order, kinship network, nature of task assignment, schooling, mother's teaching style, and the experience of initiation. Other studies have dealt with physical growth, health, motivation, social behavior, and social institutions. Brief summary statements of these studies are included in this document. (Author/AJ)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: University Coll., Nairobi (Kenya).; Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA.
Identifiers: Kenya; University of East Africa