Montessorti, class sizes and body image discussed at Childhood ConferenceMonday 18 May 2015
Students presented their research projects at the second annual Childhood Research Forum Student Research Conference.
The conference was an opportunity for Early Childhood and Childhood and Youth students to gain experience in presenting their own research to a wider audience.
Students presented on topics including Greek Philosophy in Montessorti education, class size versus learning experience, the rise of Forest School provision in the UK, body image and online interaction, parental involvement in homework and how schools respond the child neglect.
Students and staff also welcomed two guest speakers – Professor Theodora Papatheodorou and Dr Paulette Luff. Professor Papatheodorou is an independent early childhood educator and researcher and has worked as an education adviser with Save the Children, UK. Among other things, Professor Papatheodorou looked at the challenges of different methodological approaches in different cultural, linguistic and socio-economic contexts.
Dr Paulette Luff is a teacher, researcher and writer in the field of early childhood education and care. Dr Luff explored how and why children play with reclaimed resources in nursery, and argued that apparently simple early childhood research projects can give rise to some complex questions, such as how our decisions about play and pedagogy are connected to a commitment to sustainability and the quality of present and future life on planet earth.