Historical roots of educational thinking

The development of educational theory and advice does not take place in a cultural-historical vacuum.

Therefore, it is important to analyse the historical embeddedness of both theoretical innovations and practical advice. Educational ideas (e.g., the idea that intervention in infancy has long-lasting effects on development) often have a long history in European educational thinking.

It is important to trace the origin of these ideas for both historical and theoretical reasons.


  • René van der Veer

  • Marinus van IJzendoorn

  • Lenny van Rosmalen


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Last Modified: 09-02-2016