Won’t you be my neighbor? Four books on the sociocultural perspective

Written by: Josh Rosenberg

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I’ve been influenced by the following four books on the sociocultural perspective and thought a short post was due. The sociocultural perspective looks at learning, behavior, and development in terms of the effects of social and cultural context and practices.

Bruner, J. S. (1990). Acts of meaning: Four lectures on mind and culture. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Cole, M. (1998). Cultural psychology: A once and future discipline. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Rogoff, B. (2003). The cultural nature of human development. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press.

Wenger, E. (2000). Communities of practice: Learning, meaning, and identity. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

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Joshua M. Rosenberg is a Ph.D. student in the Educational Psychology and Educational Technology program at Michigan State University. In his research, Joshua focuses on how social and cultural factors affect teaching and learning with technologies, in order to better understand and design learning environments that support learning for all students. Joshua currently serves as the associate chair for the Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) Special Interest Group in the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education. Joshua was previously a high school science teacher, and holds degrees in education (M.A.) and biology (B.S.).