Cultural Aspects Of Learning, Longfellow Lecture

Barbara Rogoff
“Cultural Aspects of Learning: Observation, Collaboration, and Multimodal Conversation”
Wednesday, March 28
Reisinger Concert Hall
5:00 p.m.

Barbara Rogoff, a Professor of Psychology at the University of California and holder of the U.C. Presidential Chair, will present “Cultural Aspects of Learning: Observation, Collaboration, and Multimodal Conversation,” the annual Longfellow Lecture sponsored by Sarah Lawrence College’s Child Development Institute on March 28 at 5:00 p.m. in Reisinger Concert Hall. For more information, please call 914-395-2630.

“The field of developmental psychology is being re-shaped by considerations of culture. Rogoff’s research on how children of different cultures engage in the learning process makes her a leader in this re-shaping,” said Margery Franklin, Sarah Lawrence College Professor Emerita of Psychology and Director of the Child Development Institute. “We believe that students, as well as child development professionals and educators, will be deeply interested in learning about this area of research and theorizing from a leader in the field.”

The talk will address Professor Rogoff’s interests in the cultural aspects of collaboration, learning through observation, children’s attention to ongoing events, the role of adults as guides or instructors, and children’s opportunities to participate in cultural activities.

Dr. Rogoff is a fellow of the American Psychological Society, and the American Anthropological Association, as well as the American Psychological Association. She has served as editor of Human Development and is a member of the Science of Learning Committee for the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. Her recent books include Learning Together: Children and Adults in a School Community (Oxford, 2001) and The Cultural Nature of Human Development (Oxford, 2003).

The Longfellow Lecture series, inaugurated in 1987, honors the memory of Cynthia Longfellow, ’72, who devoted her professional life to bettering the lives of young children. The lecture is funded by an endowment established by family and friends.