9780415480550

Introducing Vygotsky: A Guide for Practitioners and Students in Early Years Education

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  • ISBN13:

    9780415480550

  • ISBN10:

    0415480558

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-01-22
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Summary

Sandra Smidt takes the reader on a journey through the key concepts of Lev Vygotsky, one of the twentieth century'"s most influential theorists in the field of early education. His ground-breaking principles of early learning and teaching are unpicked here using every-day language, and critical links between his fascinating ideas are revealed. Introducing Vygotskyis an invaluable companion for anyone involved with children in the early years. The introduction of Vygotsky'"s key concepts is followed by discussion of the implications of these for teaching and learning. Each chapter also includes a useful glossary of terms. This accessible text is illustrated throughout with examples drawn from real-life early years settings and the concepts discussed include: mediation and memory culture and cultural tools mental functions language, concepts and thinking activity theory play and meaning. Essential reading for all those interested in or working with children, Introducing Vygotskyemphasises the social nature of learning and examines the importance of issues such as culture, history, language, and symbols in learning.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Beginnings: towards a sociohistorical appreciation (attached)
On mediation and memory
On culture and tools
On language and concepts
Learning and Teaching
On play and meaning
On scaffolding
On activity theory
Learning and Teaching
Summing it up
Glossary of unfamiliar terms
Bibliography
Index
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