Elena Bodrova is Director for Research and Development at Tools of the Mind and a
Research Fellow at the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University.
She began her work on Vygotsky in her native Russia, and her work has appeared
widely in journals and essay collections. Deborah J. Leong is Executive Director at
Tools of the Mind and Professor Emerita of Psychology at Metropolitan State College
of Denver. She is also a Research Fellow at the National Institute for Early Education
Research. Bodrova and Leong codeveloped the Tools of Mind curriculum and coauthored,
among other works, Tools of the Mind: The Vygotskian Approach to Early Childhood
Education, Basics of Assessment.
Meghan Lynch is a doctoral candidate in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the
University of Toronto. Her research on play-based education programs and netnographic
methodology has appeared in, among others, Childhood Education Journal, Contemporary
Issues in Early Childhood, Early Childhood Development and Care, Health Education
Journal, Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, Journal of Research in Childhood
Education, and Pediatric Nursing.
Signe Juhl Møller is a doctoral fellow and lecturer in the Department of Developmental
Psychology at the University of Copenhagen, where her thesis deals with creative imagination
in play. She has contributed articles to Child Development, Journal of International
Research in Early Childhood Education, and Journal of Playwork Practice.
Rachel Shields is a doctoral student in the Department of English and Cultural Studies
at McMaster University. Her research interests include socio-cultural studies of science
and technology and utopianism in literature and politics.