Suitable for readers in: art and aesthetics; art education; art therapy; cultural historical activity theory; communication; creativity studies; early childhood education; education; and more, this book presents a Vygotskian perspective on children's and adults' symbolic engagement in play, multi-modal meaning making, and the arts.
M. Cathrene Connery, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Literacy & Children's Literature at Salisbury University in Salisbury, Maryland. A bilingual educator, professor, and advocate, she has drawn on her visual arts education to inform her research and professional activities in language, literacy, and sociocultural studies on behalf of the education of culturally and linguistically diverse children in the US. Vera John-Steiner, Ph.D. is Emerita Presidential Professor of Linguistics and Education at the University of New Mexico. She is an authority on creativity, collaboration, and cultural-historical activity theory, having published and presented internationally for the past 50 years. Dr. John-Steiner has sustained a lifelong interest in dance. Ana Marjanovic-Shane, PhD. is an Associate Professor of Education at Chestnut Hill College and the deputy editor-in-chief of Dialogic Pedagogy: An International Online Journal. Her professional interests are focused on dialogic meaning making and creativity in human development. Her articles in English and Serbian have been published in various journals and as book chapters on play and education.