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Children, Development and Education

Cultural, Historical, Anthropological Perspectives

Kontopodis, Michalis, Wulf, Christoph, Fichtner, Bernd (Eds.)

2011, VIII, 264 p.

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  • Emphasizes cultural-historical, performative and dramatic aspects of
  • everyday action and human development
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  • Brings together cultural-psychological, historical and anthropological approaches to childhood and child development
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  • Introduces innovative research methodologies, e.g. practice research or
  • video-microanalysis
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  • Discusses a series of current educational issues with a specific focus on minorities and gender
  •  
  • Claims for reflectivity and plurality in developmental and educational
  • research and practice

Historical anthropology is a revision of the German philosophical anthropology under the influences of the French historical school of Annales and the Anglo-Saxon cultural anthropology. Cultural-historical psychology is a school of thought which emerged in the context of the Soviet revolution and deeply affected the disciplines of psychology and education in the 20th century. This book draws on these two schools to advance current scholarship in child and youth development and education. It also enters in dialogue with other relational approaches and suggests alternatives to mainstream western developmental theories and educational practices.

This book emphasizes communication and semiotic processes as well as the use of artifacts, pictures and technologies in education and childhood development, placing a special focus on active subjectivity, historicity and performativity. Within this theoretical framework, contributors from Europe and the U.S. highlight the dynamic and creative aspects of school, family and community practices and the dramatic aspects of child development in our changing educational institutions. They also use a series of original empirical studies to introduce different research methodologies and complement theoretical analyses in an attempt to find innovative ways to translate cultural-historical and historical anthropological theory and research into a thorough understanding of emerging phenomena in school and after-school education of ethnic minorities, gender-sensitive education, and educational and family policy. Divided into two main parts, “Culture, History and Child Development”, and “Gender, Performativity and Educational Practice”, this book is useful for anyone in the fields of cultural-historical research, educational science, educational and developmental psychology, psychological anthropology, and childhood and youth studies.

This book presents interesting original research with a strong cultural dimension. It provides material for important theoretical innovations regarding the notions of practice, performativity, or subjectivity. It shows the relevance of historical approaches to the understanding of human cultural development and cultural practices, that may help students and researchers of education and psychology better understand their own constructed actuality.

Bert van Oers, Professor, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The strongest aspect of Children, Development and Education is its interdisciplinary character. The breadth of approaches, cutting across evolution, ontogenesis, and cultural history, is impressive and innovative, and makes an original and timely contribution to the study of human development.

Igor Arievitch, Professor, The City University of New York, USA

This excellent book brings to discussion, in an innovative way, issues of culture, childhood and development that are of great interest for the international audience since it opens new paths to look at cultural-historical research, educational science, developmental psychology and childhood research.

Maria Cecília Camargo Magalhães, Professor, Catholic University of São Paulo, SP, Brazil

 

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Vygotsky L.S. - active subjectivity - anthropology of childhood - appropriation - child development - childhood research - childhood studies - contextualizing - critical reflection - cultural-historical activity theory (CHAT) - developmental psychology - double culturality and historicity - early childhood development - early childhood education - educational science - embodiment - ethnography - everyday action - family rituals - infancy - language development - marginalized youth - media - mimesis - minorities - new media - performativity - power relations - qualitative methodology - socio-cultural approaches to education - sociology of childhood - zone of proximal development

Related subjects » Anthropology & Archaeology - Child & School Psychology - Education & Language - Psychology

Table of contents 

1. M. Kontopodis: Introduction.- Part I: Culture, History and Child Development.- 2. A. Stetsenko: Darwin and Vygotsky on Development - An exegesis on human nature.- 3. F. Seeger & M. Hildebrand-Nilshon: Two Lines of Development: Reconsidering and Updating Vygotsky’s Argument.- 4. Ch. Moro: Material Culture and Semiotic Development in Early Childhood.- 5. Ch. Wulf: Mimesis in Early Childhood – Enculturation, Practical Knowledge and Performativity .- 6. B. Althans: Speculative Fantasies - Infancy in the Educational Discourse of Early Modern Germany.- Part II: Gender, Performativity and Educational Practice.- 7. M. Hedegaard: A Cultural-Historical Approach to Children’s Development of Multiple Cultural Identities.- 8. G. Ivinson: School Curriculum as Developmental Resource – Gender and Knowledge.- 9. K. Audehm: Under the Sign of the Coffee Pot: Mealtime Rituals as Performative Practices.- 10. S. Klasen: Touching Each Other - Video-analysis of Mother-Infant Interaction after the Birth.- 11. E. Sørensen: Configuration of Ontologies - an Inquiry into Learning Designs.- 12. M. Kontopodis: Enacting Human Developments – From Representation to Virtuality.- 13. A. Chronaki: “Troubling” Essentialist Identities – Performative Mathematics and the Politics of possibility. Instead of an Epilogue.- 14. S. Chaiklin: The Role of ‘Practice’ in Cultural-Historical Science.- Biographical Notes.- Index.

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