January 26, 2004
Psychologist Barbara Rogoff to deliver UCSC Faculty
Research Lecture on February 5
By Jennifer McNulty
Barbara Rogoff, a leading developmental psychologist, will deliver the
annual Faculty Research Lecture at UCSC on Thursday, February 5, at
8 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the
Rogoff, whose talk is entitled "Learning through Intent Participation
in Cultural Activity," has spent more than 25 years exploring how
Her work has helped illuminate the extent to which notions of human
development are culturally defined.
Rogoff conducts research on the ways that children learn through their
engagement in everyday activities with their family and friends. She
specializes in cultural aspects of child development, and she has a
particular interest in exploring cultural variation in the roles of
adults as guides, or instructors, in shared problem solving.
Her latest books are The Cultural Nature of Human Development
and Learning Together: Children and Adults in a School Community.
Rogoff was selected to deliver the annual Faculty Research Lecture
by a committee of the UCSC Academic Senate, which voted unanimously
to recommend her for the honor. In its recommendation, the committee
described Rogoff as amazingly productive in her research and writing
and said her books and articles have had a major impact.
Rogoff joined the UCSC faculty in 1992 after serving on the faculty
at the University of Utah. She was named UCSC Foundation Professor of
Psychology in 1995, and last year received one of the universitys
top honors for faculty when she was named holder of a UC Presidential
Chair in Psychology for the years 2003-06. An accomplished teacher,
she received a UCSC Excellence in Teaching Award in 1999-2000.
Rogoff has been a fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral
Sciences at Stanford University, a Kellogg Fellow, and an Osher Fellow
of the Exploratorium in San Francisco. She has been the editor of Human
Development, received the Scribner Award from the American Educational
Research Association for her book, Apprenticeship in Thinking,
and coauthored the National Academy of Sciences book, How People
Learn. A popular speaker, she is often invited to give talks at
other universities and at professional meetings around the world.
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