Learning to Do Things without Help

  • Nicholas Zill
  • James L. Peterson


As children grow up, their learning encompasses far more than the traditional academic skills of ‘readin,’ ‘ritin/ and ‘rithmetic.’ Among these others are domestic skills—like shopping, making beds, and cooking; mechanical skills—using tools, operating toys or household appliances, building and repairing things; and social skills—such as dealing with peers and taking care of younger children. A lot of this learning takes place not in schools but rather in the family. But there has been relatively little research about the role of parents and siblings as modelers, teachers, and encouragers of these practical and social skills.


Parent Education Family Characteristic Practical Skill Black Child Family Activity 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Nicholas Zill
    • 1
  • James L. Peterson
    • 1
  1. 1.Child Trends, Inc.USA

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