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VIRTUAL EVENT: Accelerated childhoods and the case for slow pedagogies

23 February 2021, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

Teacher and early years pupil. Image: commissioned by UCL Institute of Education

In this webinar, Dr Alison Clark will present the initial findings of a two year study: ‘Slow knowledge and the unhurried child’.

This event is free.

Event Information

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Sophie Zadeh

To register for this webinar, please contact Jenny Woodman at j.woodman@ucl.ac.uk atleast two days before the event to receive detailed joining instructions.

For more information about the event, please contact the organiser Sophie Zadeh.

The study, funded by the Froebel Trust, explores the contemporary context of early childhood education and alternative approaches to the discourse of measurement. It also explores where ‘slow practices’ are happening now and in the past.

The research focuses on key interviews with early childhood and primary researchers, practitioners and advisors across 11 countries: England, Scotland, Wales, Norway, Japan, Denmark, Portugal, Israel, USA, Canada and Australia. 

In this talk, Dr Clark will explore definitions of slow knowledge and slow pedagogies. She will raise questions about the possibilities and challenges of placing time, as well as the spatial dimensions of early learning, centre stage.

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The Thomas Coram Research Unit (TCRU) hosts a weekly seminar series, where invited speakers present work of relevance to the research interests of the unit.


Image: Phil Meech for UCL Institute of Education

About the Speaker

Dr Alison Clark

Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the UCL Institute of Education and Visiting Associate Professor at the University of South-Eastern Norway.

Alison is an academic and an artist. She developed the Mosaic approach, a visual, participatory research framework with Professor Peter Moss, first published in 2001. 

Her current research interests include slow pedagogies, young children’s rights, and early childhood environments. 

Alison has led and collaborated on a range of research involving the lived experience of young children and families. These research projects have had international and national funders including the Bernard van Leer Foundation, the Danish Evaluation Institute, the Carnegie UK Trust, Arts Council England and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

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