Culture and Development

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Culture and Development- Jackie Rojas Jacqueline Rojas EDU/305 September 5, 2011 Cathleen Mullen Culture and Development- Jackie Rojas Culture can be defined as “the behaviors and beliefs characteristic of a particular social, ethnic, or age group.” ( LLC, n.d.) It can also be said that this definition is not broad enough because culture can take into account many different aspects of a person’s life and how they are affected by the people and conditions around them. Culture is how a person perceives the world and what goes on around them. What factors make up a person’s culture? Culture is life itself and the factors that affect one’s life. Life and culture are intertwined therefore factors such as language, background, economic status, politics, religion, tradition, family, education and even food can make up a person’s culture. How does culture influence infant and toddler development? Culture is learned through socialization, the first people one socializes with is family. Family implants the roots of culture, with the foods that are eaten, the language that is spoken, the customs and traditions of a family and religious beliefs. The rest evolves through socialization in school, with friends, at work, etc. Infants and toddlers only know about life through the actions of those closest to them. Everything that they are exposed to affects them directly and fully. Is the influence of a person’s culture less than, more than, or as important as the biological influences? In other words, is nature or nurture stronger, or are they both equally influential? Explain the reasoning behind your opinion. Culture and biological influences work together hand in hand. Nurture can enrich or hinder nature and nature can influence nurture. In other words the way one grows up and the experiences that they are exposed to directly affect biological
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