The book outlines a fundamental alternative to the rising wave of aggressive biological reductionism and brainism in contemporary psychology and education. It offers steps to achieving a daunting and elusive goal: constructing a coherently non-reductionist account of the mind.
A theoretical and empirical exploration of the concept of pedagogy and play in early childhood education ... provides an in-depth examination of classical and contemporary theories of play, with a focus on post-developmental perspectives and Vygotskian theory.
Radical-Local Teaching and Learning presents a theoretical perspective for analyzing and planning educational programmes for schoolchildren. To realize both general societal interests and worthwhile personal development, the content of educational programmes for children must be grounded in the local conditions within which the children live. Through working with this content, children should appropriate an understanding of general concepts from subject-matter disciplines, which they can use as tools for analyzing their own life conditions. These are distinctive features of a successful radical-local teaching and learning approach." "This book will be interesting and useful for educational researchers, curriculum planners, teacher educators, and others who are interested in problems of creating educational programmes for both cultural majorities and cultural minorities in a way that acknowledges the conditions of their life situation.