Objective. The purpose of this biographical sketch on the professional life of the outstanding researcher and protector of childhood Elena Olegovna Smirnova is to reveal an organic compound of values, aims and means of work for a child psychologist. Elena Olegovna Smirnova managed not only to make a significant contribution to world psychological science, but also to make the world a better place, wh ere children are better protected.
Results. In the context of interpersonal professional relations, the article considers the features of the activity and creativity of an outstanding researcher and protector of childhood, Professor Elena Olegovna Smirnova. She is a recognized expert in the field of children’s communication with adults and peers, the psychology of play and toys in Russia and all over the world. An innovative comprehensive programme for upbringing and development of young children was developed under her leadership. Elena Olegovna was gifted both in professional activity and in life.
Conclusion. Being a classic in child psychology, she was profoundly involved in the problems of preschool education. E.O. Smirnova protected the value of child’s personality, initiative, independence, role-playing game — an activity leading the development of preschoolers — and persistently searched for ways to overcome the negative trends in education. Professor Smirnova also had an amazing ability to change the world for the better. The article is devoted to the biography of a child psychologist who is a true professional and knows how to carry the professional gift with a reverent love for children and faith in goodness.
Keywords: biography of a scientist; interpersonal relations; support; empathy; attitude to professional activity
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