Development and Learning of Young Children with Disabilities

A Vygotskian Perspective

  • Louise Boettcher
  • Jesper Dammeyer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. The Theoretical Frame

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Louise Bøttcher, Jesper Dammeyer
      Pages 25-45
  3. Development and Disability

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 47-47
    2. Louise Bøttcher, Jesper Dammeyer
      Pages 49-66
    3. Louise Bøttcher, Jesper Dammeyer
      Pages 93-109
  4. Developmental and Educational Themes During Early Childhood

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. Louise Bøttcher, Jesper Dammeyer
      Pages 113-129
    3. Louise Bøttcher, Jesper Dammeyer
      Pages 131-153
    4. Louise Bøttcher, Jesper Dammeyer
      Pages 155-169
  5. Creating a Future Together

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-171
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 191-212

About this book


This book introduces current theories and research on disability, and builds on the premise that disability has to be understood from the dialectical dynamics of biology, psychology, and culture over time. Based on the newest empirical research on children with disabilities, the book overcomes the limitations of the medical and social models of disability by arguing for a dialectical biopsychosocial model. The proposed model builds on Vygotsky’s cultural-historical ideas of developmental incongruence, implying that the disability emerges from the misfit between individual abilities and the cultural-historical activity settings in which the child with impairments participates. The book is a theoretical contribution to an updated understanding of disability from a psychological and educational perspective. It focuses on the first years of the life of the child with impairment, and travels through infancy, toddler, preschool and early school age, to track the developmental trajectories of disability through the dialectical processes of cultural, social, individual, and biological processes. It discusses a number of themes that are relevant for the early development and support for children with various types and degrees of disability through the lens of Vygotsky’s cultural-historical developmental theories. Some of the themes discussed are inclusion, mental health, communication, aids and family life.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Louise Boettcher
    • 1
  • Jesper Dammeyer
    • 2
  1. 1.Aarhus UniversityDanish School of EducationCopenhagenDenmark
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-39112-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-39114-4
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