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Understanding transitions using a sociocultural framework

Crafter, S. and Maunder, R. (2012) Understanding transitions using a sociocultural framework. Educational and Child Psychology. 29(1), pp. 10-18. 0267-1611.

Item Type: Article
Abstract: Transitions have traditionally been characterised as forms of change. These may either be inner changes (new beliefs or developmental growth) or the physical move from one place to another (see Erikson, 1975), such as the move from primary to secondary school. This theoretical paper will argue that transition can be best understood using a sociocultural framework, which links human thought and action to social and cultural situatedness (Zittoun, 2006). Using ideas underpinned by Vygotsky (1978) we will present three frameworks for addressing sociocultural transitions: (i) the notion of consequential transitions (Beach, 1999); (ii) symbolic transitions and identity rupture (Zittoun, 2006); and (iii) Communities of Practice transitions (Wenger, 1998). We will borrow examples from research on educational transitions from primary and secondary school contexts through to Higher Education in order to demonstrate that transitions are about a change in self-identity born out of uncertainty in the social and cultural worlds of the individual. Implications for educational practitioners involved in supporting young people undergoing transitions will be discussed
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF712 Developmental psychology > BF723 Child psychology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Women > HQ767 Children. Child development
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1050 Educational psychology
Creators: Crafter, Sarah and Maunder, Rachel
Publisher: British Psychological Society
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Research Group > Social and Cultural Research in Psychology Group
University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > School of Social Sciences (to 2016)
University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Faculty of Health & Society > Psychology
Faculties > Faculty of Health & Society > Psychology
Research Centres > Centre for Psychology and Social Sciences
Date: March 2012
Date Type: Publication
Page Range: pp. 10-18
Journal or Publication Title: Educational and Child Psychology
Volume: 29
Number: 1
Language: English
ISSN: 0267-1611
Status: Published / Disseminated
Refereed: Yes
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