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Michael Cole And Cross-Cultural Psychology

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Kpelle children in a small college in the interior and was particularly concerned at the poor performance of the children in mathematics. 25-year-old Mike Cole (1996) was called in to assist as a consultant psychologist, probably in the mistaken belief that Mike's expertise in 'mathematical learning theory' was something to do with how people learn mathematics, which it wasn't. A cross-cultural experiment was devised which used leaves from a variety of trees and vines, drawing on an ability to recognize, categorize and remember them. The politicization of the issue of comparing people and comparing societies highlighted the fact that societies can only be compared, and hence conceived, as differentiated, historically articulated and developing functional systems. This chapter focuses on what has been brought out in this review of the development of Cultural Historical Activity Theory.

Keywords: cross-cultural psychology; cultural historical activity theory; Michael Cole



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