This chapter gives a general conceptual introduction to the educational approach called “Developmental Education”, as it was developed in the Netherlands on the basis of Vygotskij’s Cultural-historical theory of human development. This educational approach is usually profiled as a play-based curriculum; what this means will be clarified in the course of this chapter. The main foundational concepts will be explained: agency, social situation of development, meaningful learning, involvement, leading activity, zone of proximal development, and finally play will be discussed. The notion of play in particular is presented as a fundamental concept that characterises the whole approach as play-based. This chapter will serve as a reference frame for those that follow.
|Title of host publication||Developmental Education for Young Children|
|Subtitle of host publication||Concept, Practice and Implementation|
|Editors||B. van Oers|
|Place of Publication||Dordrecht|
|Number of pages||13|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|
|Name||International Perspectives on Early ChildhoodEducation and Development|