A window into different cultural worlds: Young children's everyday activities in the United States, Brazil, and Kenya

Jonathan R H Tudge, Fabienne Doucet, Dolphine Odero, Tania M. Sperb, Cesar A. Piccinini, Rita S. Lopes

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Abstract

A powerful means to understand young children's normative development in context is to examine their everyday activities. The daily activities of 79 children (3 years old) were observed, for 20 hr each, in their usual settings. Children were selected from 4 cultural groups: European American and African American (Greensboro, United States), Luo (Kisumu, Kenya), and European descent (Porto Alegre, Brazil), evenly divided by social class. Examining children's naturally occurring engagement in school-relevant activities, both in and out of child care, revealed the importance of ecological context. The variation in activities was not explainable simply by cultural group (including race within the United States) or social class, but by the intersection of culture and class. The developmental implications of these findings are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1446-1469
Number of pages24
JournalChild development
Volume77
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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