Play research and neuroscience are providing ever greater insights into young children’s learning and development – with important implications for early years practice.
This masterclass brings together leading academics from within the UK to explain the latest thinking on:
Our speakers are:
Paul Howard-Jones, Professor of Neuroscience and Education at the University of Bristol and regular contributor to Channel Four’s 'Secret Life of Four Year Olds', and
Dr Sara Baker and Dr Jenny Gibson, principal investigators at the Centre for Research on Play in Education, Development and Learning (PEDAL), which was established by the LEGO Foundation and is located at the University of Cambridge.
9.45-10.45 The brain: what happens when children learn
This opening session will provide an overview of:
Topics to be covered include: emotional regulation, embodied learning (the links between action and cognition), mathematics and literacy.
Professor Paul Howard-Jones, University of Bristol
11.00-11.40 Flexible thinking
Dr Sara Baker’s research centres on how children acquire some of the essential skills for learning – in particular executive functioning – and how to encourage that development. Here, she looks specifically at:
Dr Sara Baker, senior lecturer at the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education and principal investigator at PEDAL
11.40-12.20 Children’s play with their peers
Gain an insight into:
Dr Jenny Gibson, lecturer at the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education and principal investigator PEDAL
12.20-12.30 Questions from the floor
Full rate: £150 (+VAT) / early bird rate £125 (+VAT) for bookings made by 7th December