The Faculty of Education at the University of Victoria is pleased to have the opportunity to host a public talk on “The importance of play in the early development of self-regulation” by Dr. David Whitebread from University of Cambridge. Dr. Whitebread is a developmental cognitive psychologist and early years specialist. Prior to his academic career at Cambridge, he taught in Primary schools, mainly in Leicestershire, for 12 years. His research interests are concerned with children’s cognitive development and implications for early years and primary education. A particular focus has been the development of metacognitive awareness and strategic control in relation to a number of areas of learning. These have included children’s problem solving and reasoning, mathematical strategies and road safety skills. Other interests include children learning through play, early years ICT, the education of the gifted and talented, children’s drawings, and the the application of cognitive neuroscience to education. His current particular focus is concerned with the early development of metacognition and self-regulation in very young children.
When and Where: Friday May 31, 2013 from 5-6:30pm in David Strong Bldg 112 (University of Victoria)
Title: The importance of play in the early development of self-regulation
Description: This talk discusses recent research which indicates the role of playful experiences as powerful contexts supporting the early development of children’s metacognitive and self-regulatory abilities. Evidence concerning the role that adults can fulfill to enhance these important early developments is also highlighted.
This event is sponsored by the Faculty of Education, Centre for Early Childhood Research & Policy and the Centre for Youth and Society at the University of Victoria
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