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ERIC Number: ED307060
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Pages: 18
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Child as Cultural Apprentice.
Winegar, Lucien T.
"Child as cultural apprentice" is a developmental psychologist's heuristic metaphor which is embedded in an individual-socioecological frame of reference. A basic theoretic feature of this metaphor is the explicit recognition of the interdependence of the process of child development and the socially provided resources for that development. The most important methodological implication of this way of viewing the child is the following: that which is potential in development will be expressed as actual under certain circumstances before it will be expressed more usually and generally. Cognitive performance in interaction with more expert others is one context in which the beginning phases of development can be observed and studied; fantasy play, organization of the child's physical environment, and friendship may be others. Child as cultural apprentice is a multifaceted representation of children's development within culturally structured environments. However, this representation is guided by a limited number of constructs, such as internalization, potential leading to actual, and interpsychological leading to intrapsychological. It is this use of a limited number of constructs enabling the representation of complex aspects of development that makes viewing the child as cultural apprentice especially valuable for developmental psychology. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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