Drawing upon in-depth analyses of Lev Vygotsky’s theories of early childhood and investigating the ways in which his ideas are reflected in contemporary educational settings, this book brings into sharp relief the numerous opportunities for preschool learning and development afforded by Vygotskian approaches.

Discussion of recent developments in the understanding and implementation of Vygotsky’s ideas in Western and Russian contexts facilitates comparison, and provides readers with fresh impetus to integrate elements into their own practice. Chapters are clearly structured and address the multitude of aspects touched upon by Vygotsky, including cognitive development, communication and interaction, play, literacy and the quality of preschool settings.

Providing a comprehensive exploration of current stances on Vygotsky's ideas in diverse cultural-historical contexts, Vygotsky's Theory in Early Childhood Education and Research will be of interest to researchers, practitioners, educators and politicians involved in early years education.

part I|22 pages

An introduction to Vygotsky’s legacy

chapter 2|14 pages

Vygotsky in two perspectives

Russian and Western understandings

part II|88 pages

Children’s cognitive learning and development

chapter 7|16 pages

Vygotsky in Harlem

Amplification of preschoolers’ development in the Vygotskian Early Childhood Education Program (VECEP)

chapter 8|14 pages

Vygotsky’s conception of preschool development

Play with orientation and narration

part V|22 pages

An environment for learning and development