Re: [xmca] Bugged by buggies

From: Shirley Franklin <s.franklin who-is-at>
Date: Fri Nov 21 2008 - 03:54:42 PST

Interact with the world, baby going forward, or interact with the
buggy-pusher, baby going backwards.
I used to prefer the former,whilst chatting with my boys.
In fact the recommendation this morning was not to change buggy, but
to talk to babies/toddlers. But the research recommended
backward=facing buggies.....!


On 21 Nov 2008, at 11:40, Bruce Robinson wrote:

> I woke up to this item on the Today programme on BBC Radio 4 this
> morning which I thought might be of interest to XMCA:
> "Is it better to push your child in an outward facing buggy, so
> your baby looks out on the world, or an inward-facing one, where it
> sees your face you but little else? Researchers have been tackling
> this question and their findings suggest that inward-facing prams
> could be better for your child's development and well-being.
> Zubeida Malik asks some mothers what they made of it. Dr Suzanne
> Zeedyk, senior lecturer at Dundee University, discusses the
> research findings."
> The mothers seemed puzzled by the conclusions (which were presented
> as outward-facing buggies mean less psychological development,
> though I'm not sure how you screen out all the other factors that
> affect it). Their response was that there was more stimulus looking
> out at the world than at the mother's face. There was no mention of
> the age of the children which must make a difference.
> The interview can be heard from:
> today/newsid_7741000/7741073.stm
> Suzanne Zeedyk describes her research as:"My empirical work on
> parent-infant interaction gives particular attention to questions
> about the development of the self, within the context of dyadic
> communication. My original focus on typical infant development has
> come to encompass atypical developmental circumstances that impair
> communicative abilities (e.g., sensory impairment, autism, learning
> disabilities, severe early neglect)."
> Should Vygotskyans favour inward-looking buggies? That was my first
> thought.
> Bruce R |
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