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Activities

Every society organizes people’s regular activities, and what people do in these activities has consequences for cognitive, social, and emotional development. As people participate in activities, they develop the knowledge and skills that are valued in their culture. This entry describes how people’s participation in activities contributes to lifespan development and cultural learning. It also describes three theoretical approaches that highlight the role of activities in lifespan development.

Activities, Culture, and Development

Many types of activities contribute to development, including daily routines, regular culturally organized behaviors, and rituals. These activities are similar in that they are all socially structured and reflect the values and the goals of the culture. Participation in activities exposes people to cultural ways of thinking and acting. People are active learners in ...

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