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ERIC Number: EJ840018
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0736-8038
Individualistic and Collectivistic Approaches to Language Learning
Pena, Elizabeth D.; Mendez-Perez, Anita
Zero to Three (J), v27 n1 p34-45 Sep 2006
Mediated learning describes what parents and teachers do to teach and includes four components: (1) intent to teach; (2) competence; (3) transcendence to promote high level thinking; and (4) mediation of meaning, helping children to focus on the importance of what is being focused on. Mediated learning is assumed to be universal for all cultural groups. Yet because goals for development are not universal, adults and children in different cultural groups will differ in the way they interact in the course of teaching and learning. The concepts of collectivism and individualism from the field of cross-cultural psychology can help us understand the goals that different cultural groups may focus on in teaching their children. This article presents a cross-cultural model of strategies that adults use to teach children how to communicate and interact. The four components of mediation are described in the context of collectivism-individualism, with implications for culturally sensitive early intervention practices. A case example illustrates the application of mediated learning experience in a cross-cultural framework.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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