Context and the dynamic construal of meaning in early childhood
Although for many developmental psychologists, it has become a truism that the study of human development is inseparable from the study of sociocultural context, one of the greatest challenges has been to specify how cultural meanings become internalized or come to be meaningful to speciﬁc individuals over time.
While theorists and researchers have increasingly stressed the importance of communication for understanding how cultural meanings form the fabric of individual experience, what is less clear is what methods can be employed to fruitfully study this relation. A central ﬁgure providing a rich account of the dynamic construal of meaning during early childhood was Ina Uzˇgiris (Uzˇgiris 1989, 1996, 1999). In her own research, Ina Uzˇgiris struggled to clarify the relationship connecting personal meaning, sociocultural context and human development, especially during infancy.
Social and Cognitive Development in the Context of Individual, Social, and Cultural Processes
Budwig, Nancy, "Context and the dynamic construal of meaning in early childhood" (2003). Psychology. 195.