ERIC Number: EJ785081
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Child Development in Cultural Contexts: Implications of Cultural Psychology for Early Childhood Teacher Education
Lee, Kyunghwa; Johnson, Amy S.
Early Childhood Education Journal, v35 n3 p233-243 Dec 2007
In this article we argue that early childhood educators, under the influence of last century's grand universal theories of child development, have not been attentive enough to the centrality of culture in children's development. We discuss how the exploration of contemporary developmental perspectives is critical to the field and illustrate cultural views of child development based on cultural psychology. The goal of cultural psychology is to study the co-creation of human beings and cultures by focusing on both mentalities and practices, on both culture and biology. Using this lens, we explore the implications that cultural psychology holds for early childhood educators.
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Child Development, Cultural Context, Teacher Education Curriculum, Child Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Critical Theory, Intellectual History, Educational Theories, Educational Philosophy
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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