ERIC Number: EJ757494
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: N/A
High Quality Preschool Programs: What Would Vygotsky Say?
Bodrova, Elena; Leong, Deborah J.
Early Education and Development, v16 n4 p435-444 2005
The paper considers the definition of high quality preschool from a Vygotskian perspective. Similarities and differences in the issues faced in Russia and those in the United States are discussed as background. Three major ideas are considered from the work of Vygotsky and of his students/colleagues, Daniel Elkonin and Alexander Zaporozhets. The first is the Cultural Historical paradigm as the basis for defining development, which emphasizes the importance of underlying cognitive and social-emotional competencies. The second is the idea of "Leading Activity" with dramatic play defined as the leading activity for preschool. The third is the idea of "amplification" or enrichment rather than acceleration of learning. The article ends with a definition of quality based on these three constructs.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Dramatic Play, Preschool Education, Educational Quality, Sociocultural Patterns, Learning Theories, Learning Activities
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Preschool Education
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Identifiers - Location: Russia; United States