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Maternal Mediation in a Young Child’s Writing Activity: A Sociocultural Perspective

ByDorit Aram, Ofra Korat, Iris Levin

In this chapter, development is conceived of as embedded in the sociocultural context. It claims that culture shapes the mind, that the original form of higher mental activity is external and social and is then appropriated by the individual in the course of activity in collaboration with more experienced others. This line of thinking is associated with the sociocultural theories of Vygotsky (1978), neo-Vygotskians like Rogoff (1990) and Wertsch (1984), cultural psychologists like Bruner (1996), and the contextual ecological theory of Bronfenbrenner (1979).