ERIC Number: ED197034
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-May-2
Childrearing in Black Families: Implications for Cognitive Development.
The goal of this paper is to describe the black cultural style and to demonstrate its relationship to the cognitive development of black children. Children raised within a black cultural environment tend to develop a relational cognitive style rather than the more analytic style required in American schools. Children's cognitive styles are based upon the socialization they receive from family and friendship groups. Research suggests that the cognitive styles of black people place more emphasis upon affect than do Anglo-American cognitive styles. Black culture is more people oriented than object oriented. Blacks communicate nonverbally more than whites and are more sensitive to nonverbal forms of communication. Black art stresses emotional expressiveness and spontaneity, which are important aspects of cultural influences on cognitive style. More wide-ranging examinations of the at-home interaction of black children and of expressive modes of black culture must be undertaken, and a conceptualization of the interaction of black children's behavior developed in order to more clearly describe the world view of the black child. (MK)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Association of Black Women in Higher Education (2nd, May 2, 1980).