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The Cultural Context of Learning and Thinking: An Exploration in Experimental Anthropology


reviewed by Peter Gumpert & Charles Harrington 1972

coverTitle: The Cultural Context of Learning and Thinking: An Exploration in Experimental Anthropology
Author(s): Michael Cole, John Gay, Joseph Glick, Donald Sharp
Publisher: Basic Books, New York
ISBN: , Pages: 304, Year: 1971
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The purpose of this review is to make the findings of The Cultural Context of Learning and Thinking accessible to a wider audience by reviewing the methodological and theoretical issues it raises and by showing how these issues have a bearing upon educational policy making and educational research. For this volume is about no less a topic than the influence of culture on cognitive processing, and as such is of concern not only to professional anthropologists and psychologists, but to all who would "educate" or be "educated." A novelty of the work is its unashamed involvement with two disciplines, anthropology and psychology. Indeed it is the authors' stated aim to create a research strategy that is consistent with the major methodological requirements of both disciplines. This is no mean task, and a direct consequence is that this essay is jointly authored by an anthropologist and a psychologist. Anthropology and psychology have, during the past hundred years, developed a number of assumptions about the relationship between culture and... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 74 Number 2, 1972, p. 261-273
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1544, Date Accessed: 5/23/2015 3:17:27 AM

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  • Peter Gumpert
    Teachers College, Columbia University
    Peter Gumpert is associate professor of psychology and education at Teachers College.
  • Charles Harrington
    Teachers College, Columbia University
    Charles Harrington is associate professor of anthropology and education at Teachers College.
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