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Education Health Nexus: Understanding play in early childhood and primary students through research and practice

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‘...for the EYLF to be implemented properly, all early childhood educators need to know what play is.’ (Every Child, Early Childhood Australia)

This symposium will illustrate the most current research on the relevance of play in Early Childhood (3-8 years of age), its impact on teacher professional development and training and new developments at CDU which support early childhood and primary teachers in using play-based learning. Speakers cover research in neuroscience, psychology, language-learning, early childhood education and philosophy.

 

Presentations include:

  • Skills for Play: Play, parenting and early intervention in community settings. Professor Gary Robinson, Director, Centre for Child Development and Education, Menzies School of Health Research.
  • Therapeutic play. Josephine Downs (School of Psychological and Clinical Sciences), Carmen Naivalu (School of Psychological and Clinical Sciences) & Joanne Wicks (School of Psychological and Clinical Sciences).
  • The seriousness of play in developing our reflexivity: reflections on and from Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy’s thoughts on play spaces in “The Hegemony of Spaces" Professor Wayne Cristaudo, School of Humanities & Creative Arts, CDU.
  • Building technology infrastructure for NT teachers to support a play-based approach to learning. Professor Andrew Lian, Professor of Foreign Language Studies and Director of the Technology-Enhanced Language Learning Unit, Suranaree University of Technology, Thailand; Professor of Postgraduate Studies, Ho Chi Minh City Open University, Vietnam, and Professor Emeritus of Languages and Second Language Education, University of Canberra.
  • Sentence intonation and language-learning: why it is important and how it can be acquired? Professor Philippe Martin, University of Paris-Diderot, France; University of Toronto, Canada.
  • Creative minds, creative literacies: holistic awareness and playfulness to read and write the world. Dr. Sandro Barros, Michigan State University, College of Education, USA.
  • Play in Early Childhood teacher-training. Presentations by Early Childhood educators, School of Education, CDU.
  • Conclusion and discussions

Research presented at the symposium will be collated for publication in a refereed book, Understanding play in early childhood and primary education through research and practice: cross-disciplinary perspectives.

This symposium is an initiative of the International Graduate Centre of Education, funded by the Education Health Research Nexus Program.

5 December 2015

Program


8:30 – 8:35

8:35 – 9:15

9:15 – 10:00

  • Welcome and Introduction

  • Symposium Opening: Dr. Hugh Heggie, Director of Medical Services, Primary Health Care Branch, Top End Health Services, Department of Health

  • Professor Gary Robinson, Skills for Play: Play, parenting and early intervention in community settings
10:00 – 10:15Morning Tea

10:15 – 11:30

11:30 – 12:30

  • Josephine Downs, Carmen Naivalu, Joanne Wicks:  Therapeutic play.

  • Professor Wayne Cristaudo, The seriousness of play in developing our reflexivity: reflections on and from Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy’s thoughts on play spaces in “The Hegemony of Spaces"

13:30 – 14:30

14:30 – 15:30

  • Professor Andrew Lian, Building technology infrastructure for NT teachers to support a play-based approach to learning

  • Professor Philippe Martin, Sentence intonation and language-learning: why it is important and how it can be acquired
15:30 – 15:45Afternoon Tea
15:45 – 16:45
  • Dr. Sandro Barros, Creative minds, creative literacies: holistic awareness and playfulness to read and write the world
16:45 – 17:15
  • Linda Mahony & Sue Smith, Play in Early Childhood teacher-training.
17:15 – 17:30Discussion
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