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Early Childhood Programs as the Doorway to Social Cohesion

Application of Vygotsky’s Ideas from an East-West Perspective

Editor(s): Jacqueline Hayden, Aija Tuna
Contributors: Lynn Ang, Linda E. Lee, Linda E Lee, Susanna Mantovani, Mathias Urban, Gabriela Portugal, Mathias Urban,

Book Description

Over the past decade, early childhood education and care has moved onto the policy agenda in many countries. There is growing recognition that early access to quality education and appropriate care provides young children with a good and fair start in life. While scientific research constantly brings new insights into brain development and the enormous importance of the first years of a child’s life, the early 20th century theories of one Russian psychologist, Lev S. Vygotsky (1896–1934), have had profound and diverse impacts upon the early childhood education traditions in both the East and the West and remain highly relevant today.

Recently, more than 750 early childhood education researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and NGO activists from around the world met in Prague at “Exploring Vygotsky’s Ideas: Crossing Borders,” the 17th Annual Conference of the European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA), hosted by the International Step by Step Association (ISSA). In an effort to share many of the intriguing ideas and practices discussed during the conference with a broader audience, ISSA invited leading presenters to explore their experiences in early childhood through the prism of Vygotsky’s theories and ideas. The result of ISSA’s initiative is this volume of papers which examine Vygotsky’s legacy on early childhood education systems in both the East and the West, offering ideas which can be used to work for the benefit of children and societies across the globe.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-2390-6
ISBN-10: 1-4438-2390-2
Date of Publication: 01/10/2010
Pages / Size: 240 / A5
Price: £39.99


Aija Tuna is a Program Specialist for the International Step by Step Association and an independent consultant through her company Knowledge Creation Lab. She has been actively involved in promoting systemic and purposeful change in education in the post-communist region from the classroom to the national and international level for decades.

Jacqueline Hayden, BA, MEd, PhD is Professor of Early Childhood and Social Inclusion at Macquarie University, Australia. She has worked or researched in the field of ECD in diverse contexts and regions, including Africa, North America, Europe, and Australasia.

This volume is an initiative of the International Step by Step Association (ISSA). ISSA is an innovative network of early childhood development professionals and organizations primarily in Central Eastern Europe and Central Asia, working to make quality early childhood education accessible to all children. For more information, visit