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guided participation

a process in which the influences of social partners and sociocultural practices combine in various ways to provide children and other learners with direction and support, while the learners themselves also shape their learning engagements. It occurs not only during explicit instruction but also during routine activities and communication in everyday life. See sociocultural perspective. [proposed in the early 1980s by U.S. developmental psychologist Barbara Rogoff (1950–  )]

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May 26th 2024



n. a test in which the participant, with the eyes open, extends a forefinger and touches the forefingers of the examiner. Knowing the location of the examiner’s fingers, the participant should then be able to touch them with eyes closed. Failure to do so is called past-pointing.