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Conference at Kazimierz Wielki University

About the symposium

The original socio-historical-cultural theory of development by Lev S. Vygotsky inspires researchers all over the world to undertake numerous theoretical and methodological studies, initiates new research and development projects and is an invitation to solve (research) problems of contemporary education.

The heuristic potential of Vygotsky’s theory is invaluable. More and more often one can hear about „undiscovered Vygotsky”, the tropes he left, problems he signalled…

The originality of Lev S. Vygotsky’s ideas and his unusual research intuition creates critical space for discussion and for exchange of experiences with regard to the attempts at searching hidden and deeper meanings of metacognitive conceptualizations of processes.

The Department of Didactics and Culture of Education Studies, Laboratory for Educational Change – Centre for Research on Learning and Development in the Institute of Education, Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz, invites scholars to study the original texts and to take up the challenge of searching for „undiscovered problems” present in the cognitively sophisticated theory proposed by Lev S. Vygotsky, to read the source texts in the context of contemporary culture of education.


The invitation to the symposium was accepted by

  • Galina Zuckerman (Tsukerman), Professor in Educational Psychology; Laboratory of Psychological Development of Elementary Schoolchildren, Psychological Institute, Russian Academy of Education
  • Pentti Hakkarainen, Professor of the Department of Developmental and Educational Psychology at Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences, founder Play Research Laboratory “Silmu” in 2002 at the University of Oulu.
  • Milda Bredykite, Associated Professor of the Department of Developmental and Educational Psychology and a coordinator of research and teaching activities of the Research Laboratory of Play at Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences.
  • Thor-André Skrefsrud, Professor, Head of Department of Social Sciences, Faculty of Education and Natural Sciences, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences
  • Thor Ole Engen, Professor Emeritus of Education at the Faculty of Education at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (INN University).

The deadline for abstracts and registration forms is 25 January 2018.
The symposium will involve the following topics:

  1. Categories and paradigms (analysis, re-construction of concepts, uncovering meanings)

Key discussion topics:

Original categories present in Vygotsky’s theory, their comprehension and „reverberation” in contemporary culture of education (in particular with regard to the  educational activity of a child in the early stages of schooling):

Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD), educational activities of a child, Higher

Mental Functions, scientific vs. spontaneous/colloquial concepts, language as a mediator between the learner and his development, psychological tools, mediating, psychological crisis and their sense, self-regulation, perezhivanie

  •  Developmental approach to education

Key discussion topics:

Creating supporting environment for learning, the concept of the child, „sensitive teacher”, scaffolding, developing independent thinking, learning, activities of the child (from activities with support to independent activities), designing developing learning

  • The original methodology by Vygotsky

Key discussion topics:

Research into the dynamic developmental processes. Genetic experiment, designing a teaching experiment/ double stimulation method. CHAT-based research projects.

 Forms of the Symposium presentations:

  1. Plenary session
  2. Thematic section
  3. Round table
  4. Poster session


Accepted papers will be published in a monograph in English or in Problems in Early Education journal PWE (14 points)

The Editorial Board has the right to refuse publication of abstracts which do not correspond to the problems of the conference, as well as those that do not meet the requirements of this CfP and the requirements for scientific publications.

The languages of the conference are English and Polish.

Conference website:


 Participants are required to:

  • Fill in the registration form
  • Send an abstract
  • Pay conference fee

Symposium is organized by:

Department of Didactics and Culture of Education Studies,

Laboratory for Educational Change – Centre for Research on Learning and Development

 The main venue of the Symposium is

University Library

3 Szymanowskiego St.



E-mail:  vygotsky2018@ukw.edu.pl


ORGANISATIONAL INFORMATION and participation requirements


1) Please send your abstracts and registration forms  no later than 25.01.2018;

2) Registration form can be downloaded from here:


3) The conference fee options are as follows:

– participation in the conference: 120,00 euro (the fee covers the cost of: conference materials; 2 lunch meals, four coffee breaks; publication in conference proceedings);

  • Conference fee for doctoral students: 90,00 euro
  • Conference participation without presentation: 70,00 euro
  • Conference dinner: 25 euro (please mark this option in the registration form)

4) Data for conference fee payment: KREDYT BANK S.A. Oddział Bydgoszcz;

Account no: 92 1500 1360 1213 6001 8602 0000

with information „Wygotski 2018” no later than 1st of March 2018;

5) The conference fee does not include accommodation. Please arrange your own accommodation. Recommended accommodation will be sent in the next call for papers.

6) Selected texts will be published in a monograph or in a PWE journal (14 points) . The language of the monograph will be English;

7) For further information please contact dr Ewa Lemańska-Lewandowska, e-mail: elew@ukw.edu.pl; dr Małgorzata Wiśniewska, e-mail: gocha85@ukw.edu.pl; dr Joanna Szymczak, e-mail: jszym@ukw.edu.pl; Małgorzata Tyszkowska, MA, e-mail: centrum@multipletree.pl; Justyna Gorce-Bałut, MA, e-mail:jgb@ukw.student.edu.pl


With kindest regards

On behalf of

 Conference Scientific Committee


Prof. ordin. dr habil. Filipiak Ewa                                        Dr Lemańska-Lewandowska Ewa

(chair)                                                                                     (secretary)