Shirley Franklin

Vygotsky, social environment and development

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The 1917 Revolution created a breakthough in materialist theory of learning, writes Shirley Franklin

Vygotsky lived in Russia between 1896 and 1934. He was driven by his commitment to promote the development of children and adults and to create the best possible educational opportunities for the population of revolutionary Russia. All aspects of his approach to psychology and theory of children’s development — play, thinking, learning, language, the zone of proximal development, working with people with learning difficulties, mental health issues and more — are rooted in a social and materialist theory of learning.

God Bless the NHS

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Roger Taylor

Roger Taylor, a former Financial Times journalist who established a private company, now part-funded by the NHS, has a disdain for health activists and a commitment to privatisation. His book, written in a chatty, yet irritating style, sets out to identify what is wrong with the NHS and what can be done to change it. Alas, it is a Guardian books bestseller.

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