Developmental Education for Young Children

Concept, Practice and Implementation

  • Bert van Oers

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Bert van Oers
    Pages 1-9
  3. Developmental Education: Core Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Willem Wardekker
      Pages 27-39
    3. Frea Janssen-Vos, Bea Pompert
      Pages 41-63
  4. Good Practices of Developmental Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-65
    2. Renata Adan-Dirks
      Pages 87-104
    3. Chiel van der Veen, Mariëlle Poland
      Pages 105-119
    4. Bert van Oers, Mariëlle Poland
      Pages 121-136
    5. Barbara Nellestijn, Isabel Peters
      Pages 149-163
    6. Frea Janssen-Vos, André Weijers
      Pages 165-186
  5. Implementing the Play-Based Curriculum of Developmental Education

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 297-299

About this book


Developmental Education is an approach to education in school that aims at promoting children’s cultural development and their abilities to participate autonomously and well-informed in the cultural practices of their community. From the point of view of Cultural-historical Activity theory (CHAT), a play-based curriculum has been developed over the past decades for primary school, which presents activity contexts for pupils in the classroom that create learning and teaching opportunities for helping pupils with appropriating cultural knowledge, skills, and moral understandings in meaningful ways. The approach is implemented in numerous Dutch primary schools classrooms with the explicit intention to support the learning of both pupils and teachers. The book focuses especially on education of young children ( 4 – 8 years old) in primary school and presents the underpinning concepts of this approach, and chapters on examples of good practices in a variety of subject matter areas, such as literacy (vocabulary acquisition, reading, writing), mathematics, and arts. Successful implementation of Developmental Education in the classroom strongly depends on dynamic assessment and continuous observations of young pupils’ development. Strategies for implementation of both the teaching practices and assessment strategies are discussed in detail in the book.


cultural-historical theory curriculum dynamic assessment early childhood education good practice implementation play school innovation subject matter learning teaching

Editors and affiliations

  • Bert van Oers
    • 1
  1. 1., Dept. of Theory & Research in EducationVU UniversityAmsterdamNetherlands

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