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2nd Early Childhood CEO Symposium

Tuesday September 17, 2019, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Playgroup Victoria together with the Centre for Excellence in Child Family Welfare are pleased to invite you to the 2nd Early Childhood CEO Symposium.

The benefits for children’s development through play based learning is central to how play can and should be imbedded in the system.  To provide us with a world first model of how this can be done we are thrilled to welcome Laurette Professor Marilyn Fleer.

Professor Sue Thomas, CEO of the Australian Research Council has described Marilyn as a World-class leader in research who has demonstrated her capacity to undertake ground-breaking, internationally-competitive research, as well as build Australia’s research capacity by promoting women in research and encouraging them to enter and establish careers in research in Australia.”

Playgroup Victoria has partnered with Marylin and together will be looking to engage with a range of stakeholders through the project over the next three years.

Laureate Professor Marilyn Fleer Conceptual PlayLab – is a five-year research project investigating the best way to teach and support young children to form concepts in science, engineering, technology and mathematics (STEM). This is Australia’s first in-depth programmatic study in this field.

In this seminar, Professor Fleer will break down the existing research and look at her new play-based model of learning.

Find out what are the steps and strategies educators can use to bring together imagination in play and imagination in STEM when using or adapting this model.

Also learn how early childhood educators can be involved in developing, testing and refining this world-leading research, and the critical role educators play in developing a new generation of thinkers.

Unlike other school-based research into STEM education, this research will follow infants over five years and will look at how they learn concepts informally at home and in preschool settings. It has been funded through a Laureate Fellowship from the Australian Research Council.

Marilyn has assembled an international team of researchers who will join us on the day.

This symposium builds on Playgroup Victoria’s development of the Playgroup Framework.


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Tuesday September 17, 2019
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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