Motives in children's development: Cultural-historical approaches

Mariane Hedegaard, Anne Edwards, Marilyn Fleer

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The contributors to this collection employ the analytic resources of cultural-historical theory to examine the relationship between childhood and children's development under different societal conditions. In particular they attend to relationships between development, emotions, motives and identities, and the social practices in which children and young people may be learners. These practices are knowledge-laden, imbued with cultural values and emotionally freighted by those who already act in them. The book first discusses the organizing principles that underpin a cultural-historical understanding of motives, development, and learning. The second section foregrounds children's lives to exemplify the implications of these ideas as they are played out – examining how children are positioned as learners in pre-school, primary school, and play environments. The final section uses the core ideas to look at the implementation of policy aimed at enhancing children's engagement with opportunities for learning, by discussing motives in the organizations that shape children's development.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom / United States
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages230
ISBN (Electronic)9781139049474
ISBN (Print)9780521767422
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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