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ERIC Number: EJ820548
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0736-8038
Baby Steps on the Road to Society: Shared Intentionality in the Second Year of Life
Goodman, Miranda; Tomasello, Michael
Zero to Three, v28 n5 p21-25 May 2008
From a surprisingly young age, children are capable of a level of sophisticated social understanding and interaction for which they are rarely given credit. Indeed, beginning as early as 9 months, children are gaining the skills needed to become active members of the unique culture and society into which they are born. This article explores the developmental trajectory of shared intentionality--collaborative activity in which participants share psychological states with one another--which starts infants on the road to full participation in human society in the second year of life. A better understanding of infants' capabilities in sharing intentions with others will lead to richer and more appropriate interactions with them.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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