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Barbara Rogoff

Apprenticeship in Thinking

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Catalog No. 23586This 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 andextend 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.

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

"This is a thoughtful book that looks without flinching at most of the interpersonal problems that we have neglected in trying to understand how young human beings achieve their intellectual competence."--Jerome S. Bruner, Research Professor of Psychology, New York University

"This book is essential reading for those who want to know about the most important intellectual theme in contemporary development psychology--the role of the social context in cognitive development. Professor Rogoff's work is at the cutting edge of the social sciences. Her book admirably interweaves theory and illustrations. It is excellently documented, beautifully written, and thoroughly insightful. It is certain to be one of the most influential books in the field for years to come."--Joseph J. Campos, Professor of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley

272 pages. 1991



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