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Developmental Tasks : Towards a Cultural Analysis of Human Development - Jan J. F.ter Laak

Developmental Tasks

Towards a Cultural Analysis of Human Development

By: Jan J. F.ter Laak (Editor), Peter G. Heymans (Editor), Andrei I. Podol'skij (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 30th June 1994
ISBN: 9780792329053
Number Of Pages: 274

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Behavioral and cognitive development is considered as ordered change within an individual during his/her lifespan, and not as sets of individual differences between persons or progression in stages. The concept 'developmental task' is elaborated in such a way as to stress situations that interacting individuals create and meet with, and which elicit transitions in behavior and, by implication, in the self. The concept is compared and proved to be compatible with the dynamic concepts of Russian activity theory and of the Galperinian concept of meaningful learning. The idea of a 'developmental task' and its dynamic characteristics is tentatively, but fruitfully, applied to different research topics, such as age-related crises, acquisition of a moral status, achieving educational independence, assessment of readiness for school, acquiring peer status, the acquisition of standards of morality in relation to self-image and to the moral atmosphere of the school or profession, and the experience of ageing. The book is intended for psychologists, educators and advanced students.

Preface
List of Contributors
Developmental Tasks: A Cultural Analysis of Human Developmentp. 3
Bridging the Gap Between Developmental and Learning Studies: The Concept of Developmental Tasksp. 35
The Theory of Vygotsky and his School and Developmental Tasksp. 41
Assessment of Child Development: Vygotsky's Age-Related Approachp. 51
Personal Age Development as the Object of Psychological Investigationp. 61
Paradoxes in Learning and Developmentp. 71
Children's Acquisition of the Concept of Mind and the Assignment of a Moral Status to Others: Learning from Social Interaction in Real and Artificial Cognitive Systemsp. 83
The Role of Interaction in Mental Action Formationp. 91
The Influence of Folk Psychology on a Baby's Personalityp. 107
The Child's Initiative in Building up Cooperation: The Key to Problems of Children's Independencep. 125
Adult Egocentrism and Adult-Child Interactionp. 141
Adolescent Sociometric Status in a Developmental Task Perspectivep. 151
Task Attitude of Preschoolers: Developmental Diagnosisp. 167
Preschoolers' Acquirement of Competences in Factor Combining and Factor Interactionp. 173
Information Integration of 6 to 12 Year Olds in Distributive Justicep. 187
Acquirement of Illness Concepts: Perception and Evaluation of Physical Sensationsp. 197
Development of Concepts of Truth and Lying: A Developmental Taskp. 203
The Self-Image as a Determinant of Moral Behavior in Childrenp. 225
Moral Culture in Institutions and Individuals' Moral Performance: The Need for Moral Developmental Tasksp. 237
Wisdom as High Level Epistemic Cognition and Aging: A Developmental Task Analysisp. 259
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ISBN: 9780792329053
ISBN-10: 0792329058
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 274
Published: 30th June 1994
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 1.3