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Self-Regulation and Participation in Early Childhood
Self-regulation and participation in early childhood

Early childhood is a period of slow emergence of children's autonomy. It could be said that such autonomy becomes established in the middle of the myriad of everyday activities in the first six life-years. Some of these activities are the same as those of adults and older siblings. Others are peculiar to the given age level and cognitive capacities.

Development of psychological autonomy entails the emergence of goal-oriented flexible actions, and of self-motivation. The will - or intentionality - is the ultimate psychological characteristic of human beings that distinguishes them from biological species. Cultural psychology therefore needs to make sense of human intentionality, as it is made possible through the creation of cultural implements. Intentionality ...

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