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Dr Jane Hewes presents The importance of a child s learning through play

Author: Communications

Posted on Feb 10, 2015

Category: UNB Fredericton

On Wednesday, Feb. 18, the UNB faculty of education, the UNB Early Childhood Centre and the Margaret & Wallace McCain Family Foundation is proud to present the second public presentation as part of the Early Childhood Speaker Series.  

Dr. Jane Hewes presents “Thinking Differently about play…… and Pedagogy.”

The public is invited to UNB Fredericton on Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. for this free public lecture.

This event takes place in Marshall d’Avray Hall, room 261, 10 MacKay Dr., UNB (Fredericton).

What is the meaning of play for the child? What is the value of spontaneous free play in early childhood? What are the pedagogical decisions and choices of early childhood educators in creating environments and participating in spontaneous free play? The increasingly formalized environments of early childhood challenge traditional approaches to “learning through play.” In this talk we will consider diverse perspectives on the nature and value of play in its broadest sense, as a starting point for thinking differently about play and playful approaches to teaching and learning in early childhood care and education.

As an early childhood scholar and teacher educator, Dr. Hewes is fascinated by the study of play, the meaning of the child’s right to play, and the possibilities that spontaneous free play holds for deep learning in early childhood. She is principal investigator and co-creator of Play Participation and Possibilities: An Early Learning and Child Care Curriculum Framework for Alberta, critically inspired by the co-creation of the New Brunswick Framework for Early Learning and Child Care - English. Before joining MacEwan in 1996, Hewes worked with children and families in community recreation, community education and community health promotion.

Join us for a reception following the presentation.

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This is the second lecture in a series of three public presentations hosted by UNB. The final presentation will be with Anne Haas Dyson whose topic will be Rewriting the basics, Rethinking literacy pedagogy (Mar 26). All sessions are free and open to the public.


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