Children's Initiative in Contributions to Family Work in Indigenous-Heritage and Cosmopolitan Communities in Mexico

  title={Children's Initiative in Contributions to Family Work in Indigenous-Heritage and Cosmopolitan Communities in Mexico},
  author={Luc{\'i}a Alcal{\'a} and Barbara Rogoff and Rebeca Mej{\'i}a-Arauz and Andrew D. Coppens and Amy L. Dexter},
  journal={Human Development},
  pages={96 - 115}
This article addresses cultural differences in children's initiative in helping in their home. Many 6- to 8-year-old children from an Indigenous-heritage community in Guadalajara, Mexico, were reported to engage, on their own initiative, in complex work for the benefit of the whole family (such as tending younger siblings, cooking, or running errands). In contrast, few children from a cosmopolitan community in Guadalajara, in which families had extensive experience with Western schooling and… 

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