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Grandparents as Educators


by Margaret Mead 1974

Within anthropology we have developed several useful distinctions in discussing the questions of how grandparents do or do not play a role in the education of children in any given society, and particularly in our own. Within the context of this article the author uses the word education to include conscious teaching of any sort, whether of speech, manners, morals, or skills, but include also the process of socialization, which occurs in all societies as children learn to restrain their impulses, postpone gratification, control their sphincters, walk, talk, and participate in social life, and the process of enculturation, by which children learn a particular culture.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 76 Number 2, 1974, p. 240-249
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1353, Date Accessed: 10/16/2017 10:10:56 PM

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  • Margaret Mead
    Columbia University
    Margaret Mead is curator emeritus of ethnology at the American Museum of Natural History and adjunct professor of anthropology at Columbia University. She is author, among other volumes, of Culture and Commitment: A Study of the Generation Gap, published by Doubleday (1970).
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