Value of Vygotsky

9th July 2004 at 01:00
The article "Finding Vygotsky" (TES, Friday magazine, June 11) left me puzzled and irritated.

I've just looked at the index of my old and yellowing copy of Language and Learning written by James Britton and published by Penguin in 1970 and sure enough there were at least a dozen references to Vygotsky.

Those of us who were privileged to be taught by James Britton, Nancy Martin, Harold Rosen and Margaret Spencer in the 1970s at London's Institute of Education can testify to the influence that, through their enlightened guidance, the work of Vygotsky has had on us all.

It has informed my teaching for 30 years. I know that I am not alone. There must be hundreds of past institute students in schools and universities all over Britain who will testify to the impact of Vygotsky on their thinking.

I'm delighted that David Higgins has persevered with such commitment to introduce Vygotsky's ideas to his school and look forward to reading Key to Learning, but what kept him?

Eva Tutchell

Education consultant 52 Bushy Park Road Teddington, Middlesex

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