Collaborative work or individual chores: The role of family social organization in children’s learning to collaborate and develop initiative

1.3 Learning, knowledge and agency
Poster in a Structured Poster Session (SPS)
Tuesday Aug 29   01:30 PM to 03:30 PM (2 hours)
We present a study that focuses on how children in some communities learn about family and community endeavors as they collaborate and become involved in everyday activities in their communities. We analyze how parents promote collaboration and learning to collaborate at home in an Indigenous and in a non-Indigenous Mexican community, and examine variations among parents with different extent of experience with schooling and concepts regarding child development and relate them to patterns of child collaboration at home among Mexican Indigenous and urban families. Drawing on interviews with P’urhépecha mothers in the community of Cherán, Michoacán, and urban middle class mothers in the cosmopolitan city of Guadalajara, Mexico, we argue that the social nature of participation may be a key feature of learning to collaborate and pitch in in families and communities where school has not been a central institution of childhood over generations. 
Western Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESO) University
California State University, Long Beach
Universidad Pedagógica Nacional
University of California Santa Cruz