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  1. Barbara Rogoff
  2. http://people.ucsc.edu/~brogoff/
  3. UCSC Foundation Professor of Psychology
  4. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
  5. University of California, Santa Cruz, California State University
  1. Maricela Correa-Chávez
  2. Assistant Professor
  3. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
  4. California State University Long Beach, University of California, Santa Cruz
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Learning through Observing and Pitching In to Community Activities

NSF Awards: 0837898

2016 (see original presentation & discussion)

Informal / multi-age

Children from Mexican-heritage and Guatemalan backgrounds often bring important resources to learning science, from their skills in observation. This video showcases research showing that children from these backgrounds tended to use keen attention twice as much as middle-class European American children. The children observed keenly while waiting nearby as an instructor showed their sibling how to build an object based on geometric or physics principles. The children also learned more; they could build the object their sibling had been taught to make, with less help from an adult. Their skilled attention is not only a resource for their own learning; it is also a model for other people to learn to observe the events around them more fully.

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