It Starts At Home: Letting Children Collaborate

Dr. Rogoff discusses her work researching the collaborative nature of children in Mexico and the United States at a TEDxSantaCruz talk.

June 04, 2015

As TEDx describe:

Why do children in America stop wanting to "help" as they get older? Dr. Barbara Rogoff discusses her work research on the collaborative nature of children in Central America and the United States. Hint: adults here must do better at viewing and accepting children as true contributors and collaborators.

Dr. Barbara Rogoff is a UC Santa Cruz Foundation Distinguished Professor of Psychology. She studies the cultural aspects of learning and collaboration among children and spent more than three decades researching child development in the Mayan town of San Pedro in Guatemala. She has written four, award-winning books, including her latest, Developing Destinies: A Mayan Midwife and Town.

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