Several of the key ideas on which it is based have been in the developmental literature for a while, such as a sociocultural perspective, the Vygotskian approach, and collaborative learning. This chapter is an effort to use these ideas in conjunction with research findings in one area of cognitive development to illustrate how a cultural contribution may advance understanding of the development of this particular cognitive capability. Observation of children as they engage in collective, collaborative activities in sustained. It is possible to specify dimensions of culture that are relevant to cognitive development and that, by so doing generate unique questions, observations, and insights about the course of intellectual growth. to the chapter illustrates how some organized contributions of culture might provide leverage for studying the link between the social world and cognitive development in one specific area of growth.
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