World Expert on Early Years Education Key Speaker at Stevenson College Conference

Leading expert on Early Years Education, Galina Dolya, will lead a conference hosted by Stevenson College Edinburgh on Friday 26 February to explore A Vygotskian Approach to active learning in the Early Years.

Galina Dolya is the Curriculum Director of Key to Learning, which has developed an innovative Vygotskian approach to Early Years Education.  She is currently a Researcher in the Department off Psychology and Pedagogy of Abilities at the Research Institute of Development of Preschool Education in the Russian Academy for Education in Moscow.

Marie McArthur, Associate Principal, Early Education, Health and Social Care at Stevenson College, said: “We are delighted to host this event, and privileged to have Galina as our key speaker. This is an ideal opportunity for those involved in the Early Years and Primary schools to gain new insight into the ways in which a Vygotskian approach can support the provision of active learning, that is central to the Curriculum for Excellence.”

The one day conference is aimed at those who have an interest in children in early years and primary school settings. Students, teachers and early years practitioners will find the topic to be of interest.  It is also of great relevance to those involved in the training of early years workers and student teachers. Subjects covered will include Vygotsky’s Theory of Learning, acceleration versus amplification of learning, visible props and prompts for learning, practical applications of Vygotsky’s Theory and the key to learning – developmental cognitive curriculum for the early years.

Stevenson College Edinburgh is one of the biggest providers of early education and childcare training in Scotland. Courses are offered at Intermediate 2, National Certificate and Higher National Certificate levels. Training for Nursery managers is also part of the provision. Students are able to attend either through day release or full-time.

In November 2009 Sara Breingan won the prestigious Early Years Practitioner of the Year Award, a national competition run by the magazine Nursery World, only months after completing her HNC Early Education & Childcare at Stevenson College Edinburgh.

The cost of the course is £60 for the day which includes lunch. To book your space, please contact the Marketing Department on 0131 535 4600 or email


  Notes to Editors

Stevenson College Edinburgh celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2010.  When the College opened in 1970 at the Sighthill Campus it had three thousand students.  Today, it is one of the largest colleges in Scotland with over 18,000 students, of which nearly 3,500 are full-time (2008/09 academic year) and over are 1,000 EU and international students.


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