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What impact does culture have on a child's development?

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It is true that we are all essentially the same due to our common human nature, but other aspects of who we are certainly are impacted, particularly as children, by our cultures. That impact comes primarily in five key elements: language, morality, parenting, world view, and autonomy.

One of the most obvious cultural differences is language. While every child learns his own language, of course, a child's language is more than just a vocabulary and grammar. It is also his primary method of communication, and communication is the heart of cultural expression. Whether a child learns a very...

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kevin0001 | Student

Culture can do a lot in a child's life. It helps describe their race, background, and / or ethnicity. Every type of culture makes each and every child unique in their own way, whether it is their religious beliefs or their teachings. The teachings will really impact the child's development because it will guide the child's belief and personality.  

crystaltu001 | Student

Your culture can sometimes describe who you are and where you come from. Each culture has a different way of how they view things. Every person from different cultures are all taught in different ways. There are different teaching styles in every culture so every kid is taught differently depending what culture they are

laurto | Student

Culture is a part of personal identity. Language, morals, way of life, style of parenting, and views all vary depending on culture. A child growing up in a Asian culture may have a different way of life than one of a Hispanic culture. This is because they were taught differently and grew up in completely different backgrounds.