Combining Longitudinal, Cross-historical, and Cross-cultural Methods To Study Culture and Cognition: A Special Double Issue of Mind, Culture, and Activity

1st Edition

Michael Cole

Published February 28, 2006
Reference - 128 Pages
ISBN 9780805894103 - CAT# ER8519

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The articles presented in this special issue focus on a cultural-historical approach to the study of mind, culture, and activity—that is to view individual human development as the emergent outcome of phylogeny, cultural history, and microgenesis. A combination of data is presented, some which is cultural-historical in nature and some from the analysis of the real-time behavior of people of different ages and experiences. Geoffrey Saxe and Indigo Esmonde offer a welcome addition to the small corpus of longitudinal studies in the role of cultural-historical change on cognitive development. They focus on the way in which a particular numerical term changes as a function of historical shifts in local practices of enumeration. Commentaries by Giyoo Hatano and Anna Sfard highlight a variety of important questions concerning both the particular case presented by Saxe and Esmonde and the methodological challenges that such work poses.


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