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Personal Participation and its Socio-Institutional Guidance
Personal participation and its socio-institutional guidance

Part of the joy of having children is to be able to send them on errands. What I look for in my own children is that they should be able to work. When a child can carry things like a gourd of palm wine with appropriate care, bring a day's supply of yams for the family or a day's support of firewood from the farm, then the child is old enough.

(A Yoruba parent's reflection; from Adeokun, 1983, p. 135)

How are distinctions made of children of different levels of psychological development? The usual categorization in occidental child psychology uses the age - denoted by birthday - to create age sets of 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds etc. Or, ...

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