Apprenticeship in Thinking: Cognitive Development in Social Context

Front Cover
Oxford University Press, 1990 - Philosophy - 242 pages
0 Reviews
Reviews aren't verified, but Google checks for and removes fake content when it's identified
This interdisciplinary work presents an integration of theory and research on how children develop their thinking as they participate in cultural activity with the guidance and challenge of their caregivers and other companions. The author, a leading developmental psychologist, views development as an apprenticeship in which children engage in the use of intellectual tools in societally structured activities with parents, other adults, and children. The author has gathered evidence from various disciplines--cognitive, developmental, and cultural psychology; anthropology; infancy studies; and communication research--furnishing a coherent and broadly based account of cognitive development in its sociocultural context. This work examines the mutual roles of the individual and the sociocultural world, and the culturally based processes by which children appropriate and extend skill and understanding from their involvement in shared thinking with other people. The book is written
in a lively and engaging style and is supplemented by photographs and original illustrations by the author.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.


Cognitive development in sociocultural context
Conceiving the relationship of the social world and the individual
The cultural context of cognitive activity

7 other sections not shown

Common terms and phrases

About the author (1990)

Barbara Rogoff is currently Professor of Psychology and Coordinator of the Developmental Psychology Program at the University of Utah.

Bibliographic information