Foregrounding the social situation of development

When our attention is drawn to the social situation of the child, Marilyn Fleer argues, teaching strategies and concepts shift vastly. She writes: “In the context of early childhood education, teachers who have an evolutionary rather than revolutionary gaze on the children they teach will enact a pedagogy that is static and not dialectical. Vygotsky (1998) argues that an evolutionary gaze by the teacher sees the child becoming ‘relatively difficult’ when ‘the pedagogical system applied to the child does not’ match the child’s projected developmental pathway.” (131-132) “Having a revolutionary perspective,” she continues, “allows teachers to foreground the social situation of development. For example, in many European heritage communities verbal language is privileged. However, in other communities, such as Mexican heritage communities, non-verbal competence is mastered much earlier and represents an important mode of communication. These different communication trajectories highlight the social nature of development, and foreground how cultural communities shape development by what they value and need.” (132)

Reference: Marilyn Fleer (2006) ‘The cultural construction of child development: creating institutional and cultural intersubjectivity’ International Journal of Early Years Education 14(2)June: 127-140

[Refer to other blogs citing Marilyn Fleer for more on these concepts – click on the tag for her name and you’ll get there….]


About backyardbooks

This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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