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Development in Context

Acting and Thinking in Specific Environments

Edited by Robert H. Wozniak, Kurt W. Fischer

© 1993 – Psychology Press

308 pages

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In this volume leading developmentalists address the question of how children's thinking develops in context by drawing on the theories of Vygotsky, Gibson, and Piaget.

Analyses of the ecology and the dynamics of behavior have become popular, emphasizing the particulars of people acting in specific environments and the many complex factors of human body and mind that contribute to action and thought. This volume brings together many of the current efforts to deal with development in this richly ecological, dynamic way.

The research reported demonstrates that recent years have produced major shifts in approach. Activities are studied as they naturally occur in everyday contexts. Children's active construction of the world around them is treated as fundamentally social in nature, occurring in families, with peers, and in cultures. Behavior is studied not as something disembodied but within a rich matrix of body, emotion, belief, value, and physical world. Behavior is analyzed as changing dynamically, not only over seconds and minutes, but over hours, days, and years.


"The content of this volume has broad-based appeal both within psychology and across disciplines."

Child Development Abstracts & Bibliography

Table of Contents

Contents: R.H. Wozniak, K.W. Fischer, Development in Context: An Introduction. Part I:Ecosystems, Affordances, Transactions, and Skills: Theories of Person/Situation Interaction. U. Bronfenbrenner, The Ecology of Cognitive Development: Research Models and Fugitive Findings. E.S. Reed, The Intention to Use a Specific Affordance: A Conceptual Framework for Psychology. R.H. Wozniak, Co-Constructive Metatheory for Psychology: Implications for an Analysis of Families as Specific Social Contexts for Development. K.W. Fischer, D.H. Bullock, E.J. Rotenberg, P. Raya, The Dynamics of Competence: How Context Contributes Directly to Skill. Part II:Context and the Acquisition of Sociocultural Knowledge. B. Rogoff, Children's Guided Participation and Participatory Appropriation in Sociocultural Activity. R.M. Downs, L.S. Liben, Mediating the Environment: Communicating, Appropriating, and Developing Graphic Representations of Place. N. Granott, Patterns of Interaction in the Co-Construction of Knowledge: Separate Minds, Joint Effort, and Weird Creatures. Part III:Social Systems as Specific Contexts for Development. I.E. Sigel, E.T. Stinson, M-I. Kim, Socialization of Cognition: The Distancing Model. D.H. Feldman, Cultural Organisms in the Development of Great Potential: Referees, Termites, and the Aspen Music Festival. Part IV:Commentaries. J.A. Meacham, Where Is the Social Environment? A Commentary on Reed. W. Kessen, Rumble or Revolution: A Commentary.

About the Series

Jean Piaget Symposia Series

Each year, following their annual meeting, the Jean Piaget Society publishes an edited volume.  This approximately 300-page volume covers the main themes of the symposium and is published by Psychology Press.

Members of the society receive the volume free of charge. Non-members can order copies from this website.

About the Jean Piaget Society

The Jean Piaget Society, established in 1970, has an international, interdisciplinary membership of scholars, teachers and researchers interested in exploring the nature of the developmental construction of human knowledge. The Society was named in honor of the Swiss developmentalist, Jean Piaget, who made major theoretical and empirical contributions to our understanding of the origins and evolution of knowledge.

The Society's aim is to provide an open forum, through symposia, books, our journal, and other publications, for the presentation and discussion of scholarly work on issues related to human knowledge and its development. The Society further encourages the application of advances in the understanding of development to education and other domains.

In 1989, the name of the Society was changed to Jean Piaget Society: Society for the Study of Knowledge and Development.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Developmental / General