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The application of pedagogy of play in early childhood education

22 June 2022, 11:45 am–1:30 pm

Three young school students. Shutterstock/CCO.

Join our invited speakers introducing how pedagogy of play in early childhood education supports children's participation and child-centred pedagogy, with reference to international examples and China's plan.

This event is free.

Event Information

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Centre for Teacher and Early Years Education

Event recording

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Documentary: Learning is a Team Sport: Kindergartners Study the Boston Marathon

Below is Dr. Ben Mardell's documentation of teachers’ and kindergarteners’ learning while engaging in an exploratory activity of the Boston Marathon. 

You will find teachers’ strategies and children’s learning outcomes in the documentary. The entire process of this activity is led by children’s curiosity and autonomy. 

Children acquire the ability of problem-solving and teamworking when increasing their knowledge of the Boston Marathon.

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Case studies 

Listening to children's voices (Case study 1)

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Listening to children's voices (Case study 2)

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  • Dr. Minyi Li, Associate Professor,  Beijing Normal University, China 


  • Dr. Ben Mardell, the project director of the Pedagogy of Play, Harvard University, US 
  • Dr. Yvonne Liu-Constant, Practitioner Specialist of the Pedagogy of Play, Harvard University & Lesley University, US 
  • Wei Zhuang, Beijing Academy of Education Sciences, China 

This event will be particularly useful for those interested in early years education.

Workshop series

This series of knowledge-exchange workshops aim to support Chinese ECE practitioners to better listen to children's voices, encourage children's participation and empower children's agency in everyday practice, which would support SDGs and promote sustainability education in early years.

This workshop series is funded by the UCL Global Engagement Funds and hosted by the Centre for Teacher and Early Years Education and the Faculty of Education, Beijing Normal University.

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