A cultural - historical view of child development: key concepts for going beyond a universal view of the child

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A developmental view of child development with its biological imperatives has been extensively critiqued over the years and found to be wanting from a range of cultural (Rogoff, 2003; Howes, 2010), social (Qvortrup, Corsaro Honig, 2009) and even health (Bendelow, 2009; Rogoff, 2011) reasons. But what has been missing from these debates has been a theoretically robust presentation of another way of conceptualizing children s development (Hedegaard Fleer, 2013). In drawing upon cultural-historical theory, this paper argues for a more localised and nuanced conception of human development. Through analyzing how society creates the conditions for children s development (Hedegaard, 2012), this paper presents a view of development that captures both a traditional (historical lived in the present moment) and contemporary (new cultural technologies) view of children s lived experiences.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19 - 37
Number of pages19
JournalAsia-Pacific Journal of Research in Early Childhood Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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