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ERIC Number: EJ1010552
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-1363-755X
NCT and Culture-Conscious Developmental Science
Downing-Wilson, Deborah; Pelaprat, Etienne; Rosero, Ivan; Vadeboncoeur, Jennifer; Packer, Martin; Cole, Michael
Developmental Science, v16 n2 p322-323 Mar 2013
The authors share the belief that there is great potential for developmental science in bringing the ideas of Niche Construction Theory (NCT), as developed in evolutionary biology, into conversation with Vygotskian-inspired theories such as cultural-historical and activity theories, distributed cognition, and embodied cognition, although from their vantage point the latter differ in substantive ways that may be differently generative. They assert that culture is best conceived of as a medium that mediates the relationship between phylogeny and ontogeny, shaping the goals as well as the means of human activity. This view requires that culture be interpreted as more than an added layer of complexity which, along with neural plasticity, "lends human niche construction a special potency." To advance interdisciplinary collaboration around the concept of culture as a medium and not just a means of human development, the authors explore several implications of accepting the idea that ontogeny emerges from the simultaneous influence of life processes operating on different time scales, and according to different principles of change.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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