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ERIC Number: EJ1051273
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1463-9491
Contexts, Collaboration, and Cultural Tools: A Sociocultural Perspective on Researching Children's Thinking
Robbins, Jill
Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, v6 n2 p140-149 2005
Sociocultural theorists recognise that cognition is not an individual construction, but is distributed across people as they participate in culturally relevant activities. Thus, rather than being a universal skill, thinking is very much contextually specific, guided by others, and mediated by particular cultural tools and artefacts. Yet there is a tendency in research focusing on cognition in young children to examine thinking and understanding as though they occur in a vacuum, separate from the kinds of activities, experiences, artefacts, and people in and with which they participate. This article, drawing on the work of Vygotsky, Rogoff, Wertsch, Göncü, John-Steiner, and others, will discuss how consideration of the important factors of contexts, collaboration, and cultural tools can present a far more dynamic and rich view of young children's thinking than some more traditional methods of research.
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Language: English
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