Early Learning and Development: Cultural-historical Concepts in Play

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Early Learning and Development provides a unique synthesis of cultural-historical theory from Vygotsky, Elkonin and Leontiev in the 20th century to the ground-breaking research of scholars such as Siraj-Blatchford, Kratsova and Hedegaard today. It demonstrates how development and learning are culturally embedded and institutionally defined, and it reflects specifically upon the implications for the early childhood profession.Divided into three parts, with succinct chapters that build upon knowledge progressively,...

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Overview

Early Learning and Development provides a unique synthesis of cultural-historical theory from Vygotsky, Elkonin and Leontiev in the 20th century to the ground-breaking research of scholars such as Siraj-Blatchford, Kratsova and Hedegaard today. It demonstrates how development and learning are culturally embedded and institutionally defined, and it reflects specifically upon the implications for the early childhood profession.Divided into three parts, with succinct chapters that build upon knowledge progressively, the everyday lives of children at home, in the community, at preschool and at school are discussed in the context of child development and pedagogy. The book explicitly problematises the foundations of early childhood education, inviting postgraduates, researchers and academics to drill down into specific areas of international discourse, and extending upper-level undergraduates beyond the fundamental underpinnings of their learning. Ultimately Early Learning and Development offers new models of 'conceptual play' practice and theory within a globally resonant, cultural-historical framework.

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'This is a powerful, rich book that will contribute to deeper ways of thinking about early childhood education, children and the role of cultural-historical experience in children's lives.' Dr Beverley Clark, Associate Head of School (Academic), School of Education Te Kura Matauranga AUT University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521122658
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/19/2010
  • Pages: 266
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Marilyn Fleer holds the Foundation Chair of Early Childhood Education at Monash University, Australia.

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Table of Contents

Foreword vii

List of figures xv

List of tables xvii

Acknowledgments xix

Part 1 Learning and development in play 1

1 A political-pedagogical landscape 3

2 Parallel conceptual worlds 20

3 Teacher beliefs about teaching concepts 33

4 Valued curriculum concepts in early childhood education 51

5 Teacher knowledge of subject matter concepts 62

6 Empirical and narrative knowledge development in play 68

7 Children building theoretical knowledge in play 75

Part 2 Cultural-historical theories of play and learning 99

8 Cultural-historical programs that afford play development 101

9 Theories about play and learning 122

10 The imaginative act as conceptual play 133

Part 3 Learning and development as cultural practice 153

11 Views on child development matter 155

12 A revolutionary view of child development 165

13 Children's development as participation in everyday practices 189

14 A cultural-historical view of play, learning and development 198

Glossary 218

References 221

Index 237

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