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Smidt, Sandra, 1943-
Introducing Vygotsky : a guide for practitioners and students in early years education / Sandra Smidt
London ; New York : Routledge, c2009
book jacket
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 4th Floor  LB775.V942 S65 2009    AVAILABLE
Subject Vygotskiń≠, L. S. (Lev Semenovich), 1896-1934
Subject(s) Early childhood education
Child development -- Social aspects
Physical Description x, 179 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [169]-174) and index
Contents List of figures -- Preface -- Introduction -- 1: Beginnings: towards a sociohistorical appreciation -- 2: On mediation, memory, and cultural tools -- 3: More on culture, context, and tools -- 4: On language, concepts, and thinking -- 5: Learning and teaching -- 6: Activity theory -- 7: On play and meaning -- 8: On bridging the gap: more about the ZPD -- 9: What we have learned : a summary -- 10: Vygotsky's children -- Final word -- Bibliography -- Index
Summary From the Publisher: Sandra Smidt takes the reader on a journey through the key concepts of Lev Vygotsky, one of the 20th 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 Vygotsky is 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, and play and meaning. This book is an inspiring reminder that learning is something that happens all the time, through the interactions learners have with more experienced 'others' who may be either adults or children. Essential reading for all those interested in or working with children, Introducing Vygotsky emphasizes the social nature of learning and examines the importance of issues such as culture, history, language and symbols in learning

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