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[Xmca-l] Re: Child Development: Understanding a Cultural Perspective

Thanks, Larry. The book would not have been possible without the years of discussion here on XMCA, with you and many other perceptive people. 

I will see what I can do to get a copy to you. It will take a little time, but I expect to be correcting the proofs later this month.


> On Sep 28, 2016, at 10:39 AM, lpscholar2@gmail.com wrote:
> Martin,
> I just read the introductory chapter and kept thinking as I went through the chapter that the way you have organized the book and laid it out in front of the reader  would have been such a valuable resource for trying to engender looking through a developmental lens that is also a cultural lens that some call *developmental science*. 
> As an elementary school counsellor, I was continually trying to shift the other 33 elementary school counsellors to shift their focus from the currently dominant forms of school normativity [counselling psychology *as* clinical psychology for example]  towards putting developmental language at the heart of all orientations to *schooling* but was not successful in positing a developmental/cultural lens as the most general framework from which to operate normatively [institutionally].
> The clarity with which you navigate towards this new and deeper engagement with the centrality of developmental science as at the heart or core or foundation of how we could [possibly] engender new forms and models/modes of schooling would have been indispensable for arguing my case. 
> I see the potential of this book as also used in a *book club* format and I will attempt to generate interest in this possibility occurring in the Vancouver school *system*.  
> Martin, as an artifact this book has the potential to take us in new directions  opening new *doors* of perception. [Georg Simmel’s metaphor of door] for a symbol that indicates travelling BOTH ways [back & forth or in & out. Moving beyond the hegemony of clinical accounts towards educational accounts.
> I am going to attempt to create a *book club* up here on the westcoast of Canada using your book as a catalyst for expanding our understanding of developmental science [expressing a more expansive notion than developmental psychology]. 
> Your introduction creates an appetite for more and I look forward to engaging with your book when it arrives on the *scene*
> Sent from Mail for Windows 10
> From: Carol Macdonald