Learning and development in the early years foundation stage
Date / Time: 5 April 2017
Professor Elizabeth Wood, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom.
Professor Wood will give a seminar drawing on her recent work on theorising curriculum in Early Childhood Education, and will critically examine what the main informants that underpin curriculum documents are.
Seminar: 5 April 4.00-5.00pm, TL 2.26 Te Kura Toi Tangata Faculty of Education, Gate 4, Hillcrest Road, Hamilton.
Professor Wood’s fields of research and teaching include early childhood and primary education, focusing on the following themes: learning, pedagogy and curriculum; play and learning; policy analysis and critique (national and international); equity and diversity; teachers’ beliefs and practices; professionalism and critical perspectives in education. Within the theme of play, her research focuses on pedagogy and practice, the ways in which play has been captured in policy sites, and the construction of ‘educational play’. She draws on critical and post-structural theories to interrogate policy frameworks, and the ways in which teachers and children are positioned within policy discourses.