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Interaction, Communication and Development

Psychological development as a social process, 1st Edition

By Charis Psaltis, Anna Zapiti


207 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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For decades there has been considerable interest in the ways that interactions between children can provide a beneficial context for the study of cognitive and social development. In this book Psaltis and Zapiti use both theoretical and empirical research to build on the perspectives of Piaget, Vygotsky, Moscovici, and others including the legacy of Gerard Duveen, to offer a state of the art account of research on the themes of social interaction and cognitive development.

Interaction Communication and Development discusses the significance of social identities for social interaction and cognitive development.  The empirical set of studies presented and discussed focus on patterns of communication between children as they work together to solve problems. Communications are examined in detail with a focus on:

  • Socio-cognitive conflict, conversational moves and conversation types
  • The way the different forms of the interactions relate to different sources of asymmetry in the classroom
  • The way social representations and social identities of gender are negotiated in the interaction

This book provides an important account of how children develop through different kinds of social interactions. It will have considerable appeal for researchers in the fields of developmental psychology, socio-cultural psychology, social representations theory and education who wish to gain a deeper understanding of development and its relation to socio-cultural processes.


"The experimental work presented by the authors is interesting and addresses important questions… The authors' intended audience includes researchers and educators, but the book may be of most interest to historians of psychology. One of the more interesting parts of this book is an account of the political events that influenced the global community's attitudes toward Piaget and Vygotsky."- Dr Sheila O'Brien Quinn, Salve Regina University, PsycCRITIQUES, December 1, 2014, Vol.59, No. 48, Article 5.

Table of Contents

Introduction. A Genetic Perspective on Interaction and Development. Varieties of the Social. The Development of Representations through Communication. Conversation Types and Interaction Types: Microgenesis of Knowledge. From One Interaction to Another: From Microgenesis to Ontogenesis. From Early Childhood to Late Childhood: The Changing Role of Social Identities in Social Interaction and Cognitive Development. What Influences the Formation of Different Conversation Types? Conclusion.

About the Authors

Charis Psaltis is Assistant Professor of Social and Developmental Psychology at the University of Cyprus.

Anna Zapiti is a Research Associate of the Genetic Social Psychology Lab of the University of Cyprus and a primary school teacher.

About the Series

Cultural Dynamics of Social Representation

The series Cultural Dynamics of Social Representation is dedicated to bringing the scholarly reader new ways of representing human lives in the contemporary social sciences. It is a part of a new direction – cultural psychology – that has emerged at the intersection of developmental, dynamic and social psychologies, anthropology, education, and sociology. It aims to provide cutting-edge examinations of global social processes, which for every country are becoming increasingly multi-cultural. Therefore, social sciences need new ways of considering how to study human lives in their globalizing contexts. The focus of this series is the social representation of people, communities, and – last but not least – the social sciences themselves.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Social Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Developmental / General