Learning through Play and Imagination

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Registration and housing are open for Learning Through Play and ImaginationMay 28 - 29, 2020 | St. Louis, Missouri, USA
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#LearnPlay20

Many have argued that children learn through playing, hearing stories, and engaging in a variety of imaginative activities. But how, exactly, does this process work? Which aspects of play sessions or fictional stories are particularly effective for children’s learning, and why? Which topics do children learn most readily through these kinds of activities, and at what ages? How do aspects of children’s individual temperaments or developmental environments impact this process? This special topic meeting examines these and other related questions, with the aim of identifying gaps in the literature and proposing evidence-based strategies for how play and imagination can best be used in early education with topics such as:

  • Physical Play and Play Space Design
  • Non-Human Play
  • Imagination and Media in Early Childhood
  • Play and Imagination across Cultures
  • And more!

Meeting Schedule

Decision notifications have been emailed to all submitters. If you have not received a decision email, please contact programoffice@srcd.org. To view your submission, please log in with your existing SRCD credentials.

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Invited Speakers

Confirmed Invited Speakers include: 

  • JaNay Brown-Wood, Children’s book author
  • Gordon Burghardt, University of Tennessee
  • Helen Davis, Harvard University
  • Mariana Diaz-Wionczek, Nickelodeon
  • David Flanigan, PlayPower
  • Suzanne Gaskins, Northeastern Illinois University
  • Vincent Janik, University of St. Andrews
  • Jill Katka, Louisville Zoo
  • Anne Lund, PBS Kids
  • Lisa Norris, ACER Foundation
  • Meghan Talarowski, Studio Ludo
  • Bo Stjerne Thomsen, LEGO Foundation
  • Yalda Uhls, UCLA
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Registration and Housing

Registration and Housing for Learning through Play and Imagination are now open!

Registration Rates and Housing Information
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Travel and Childcare Awards

Application Deadline:
Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 11:59pm EST

Criteria

  • These awards have been made possible due to generous funding from the National Science Foundation . They are meant specifically to assist self-identifying members of minority or otherwise under-represented groups, as well as undergraduate students, graduate students, and other attendees of limited means.
  • While attendees are allowed to apply for both travel and childcare awards, please note that receiving both is unlikely. Therefore, please be clear in your needs statement.
  • SRCD membership is not required to apply, but by the time of the meeting in May 2020, awardees must be a member of SRCD.

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Call for Submissions

Decision notifications have been emailed to all submitters. If you have not received a decision email, please contact programoffice@srcd.org. To view your submission, please log in with your existing SRCD credentials.

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Questions? Email programoffice@srcd.org.

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SRCD 2021 Biennial Meeting

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