Dr. Roberta Golinkoff from the University of Delaware is a leading expert on the topics of language development and the importance of play in a child’s early development. She is available to talk to the media.
An author of twelve books and numerous professional articles, she founded and directs the Infant Language Project, whose goal it is to understand how children tackle the amazing feat of learning language. She is frequently quoted in newspapers and magazines and has appeared on Good Morning America and many regional morning shows about children’s development.
She also carries our research on the benefits of play. Although “play” has recently become a 4-letter word, the research suggests exactly the opposite: Children learn best through play and when their learning is embedded in a playful context.
Her latest book, A Mandate for Playful Learning in Preschool: Presenting the Evidence, presents the scientific evidence in support of three points: 1) Children need both unstructured free play and playful learning under the gentle guidance of adults to best prepare them for entrance into formal school; 2) academic and social development are so inextricably intertwined that the former must not trump attention to the latter; and 3) learning and play are not incompatible; learning takes place best when children are engaged and enjoying themselves.
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