Learning by observing, pitching in, and being in relations in the natural world

Megan Bang*, Ananda Marin, Douglas Medin, Karen Washinawatok

*Corresponding author for this work

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20 Scopus citations


This chapter describes a central tenet of Indigenous American social interaction, which emphasizes mutuality in collaboration and caring in Indigenous communities. This includes interactions with an agentive natural world, in which more-than-human beings act as participants in the lives of humans and vice versa. We argue that research on children's learning should take a broader view of interactional partners to include the natural world.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationChildren Learn by Observing and Contributing to Family and Community Endeavors A Cultural Paradigm, 2015
EditorsRebeca Mejia-Arauz, Barbara Rogoff, Maricela Correa-Chavez
PublisherAcademic Press Inc
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9780128031216
StatePublished - 2015

Publication series

NameAdvances in Child Development and Behavior
ISSN (Print)0065-2407


  • Agency
  • Childhood
  • Cultural ecologies
  • Culture and learning
  • Human-nature relations
  • Indigenous education
  • LOPI
  • Observation
  • Relational epistemologies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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