Skill and Context

  • Nancy L. Hazen
  • Jeffrey J. Lockman
Part of the Perspectives in Developmental Psychology book series (PDPS)


Few would deny that during the first few years of life, developing humans go through more profound psychological and behavioral changes than they will during the remaining 70 or so years of their lives. In 2 years’ time, the helpless newborn becomes a person who can purposely and appropriately explore and manipulate objects and environments, solve practical problems, and represent and communicate information through gesture, speech, and play. Investigators in different areas of early development—perceptual, cognitive, and socioemotional—all describe these achievements in terms of the infant having acquired certain skills. That is, infants become able to perform actions smoothly, without trial and error, to accomplish particular goals.


Social Context Skill Development Object Manipulation Proximal Development Pretend Play 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nancy L. Hazen
    • 1
  • Jeffrey J. Lockman
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Home EconomicsUniversity of Texas at AustinAustinUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyTulane UniversityNew OrleansUSA

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