The title of speech for school:
“Cultural environments of early developments: how to support the acquisition of cultural tools”
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Key concepts: cultural development, creative acts of development, the role of cultural mediation, narrative environments, narrative learning, shared play activity, zones of proximal development.
Some references we used in our presentations and some readings on the topics we discussed at ISCAR Summer School 2010 in Moscow. Download (PDF; 264 KB)
Milda Bredikyte is Assistant of Early Education at the University of Oulu, Finland. She has taught observation and documentation methods of young children, learning and development through play and creative drama at Kajaani University Consortium since 2002. She is doctoral student at Oulu University and writing her second doctoral thesis on the development of young children’s imagination. She runs a research laboratory on children’s play (Play Lab “Silmu”) since 2002.
She has gained her degree as an artistic director of drama and puppet theatre from Saint-Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy in Russia. She has directed 11 performances at professional puppet theatre and on Lithuanian national TV. During her working career she has been teaching at Vilnius School of Education and at Vilnius Pedagogical University, directing and acting at her private puppet theatre. She was also a co-coordinator of the International “Step by Step” program in Lithuania. From 1999 until 2002 she was an expert at a national board of Lithuania of early and primary education. Her first doctoral thesis “Dialogical Drama with Puppets (DDP) as a Method of Fostering Children’s Verbal Creativity” as completed at Vilnius Pedagogical University in 2001. Her research interests include cultural development and impact of creative activities on child development, the role of imagination in play. Creative and imaginative teaching in early childhood and higher education: narrative play and learning.
She has been visiting scholar in San Diego (UCSD 2008), Vancouver (Simon Fraser, 2008). Intensive research cooperation with Japanese universities (Waseda, Hokkaido, Rikkyo, Fukui) has started in 1998.
The lecture “Cultural environments of early developments: how to support the acquisition of cultural tools” Part 1
The lecture “Cultural environments of early developments: how to support the acquisition of cultural tools” Part 2