OER Hosts Early Childhood Professors
Monday, 12 June 2017
From 29 May to 3 June 2017, the Office of Education Research (OER) hosted Professor Anthony Okely and Professor Marc de Rosnay from the University of Wollongong.
In a seminar on 31 May titled “Early Start - Bringing Research, Teaching and Community Engagement Together To Empower Children, Families and Communities”, both professors shared the importance of bringing research, teaching and community engagement together in order to generate effective changes in the community for early childhood development.
Professor Marc de Rosnay sharing on the Early Start Initiative
Professor de Rosnay, Academic Director of Early Start and Professor of Child Development, gave an in-depth introduction about the Early Start initiative during his presentation.
Early Start is an Early Childhood Research Centre as well as a platform that brings together researchers, parents and educators. He emphasized on the significance of research and building collaborative relationships between different segments of the community, in order to create meaningful changes to the environment.
Professor Anthony Okely sharing on the areas of Research Specialisation in ESRI
Professor Okely, Director of Early Start Research Institute (ESRI), shared the recent research that ESRI has been working on and the future of Early Start. He also showcased some of the attractive facilities that the University of Wollongong has built, particularly in the Early Start Discovery Space.
The Early Start Discovery Space is a dedicated children’s museum for children, parents and educators to learn and have fun alongside with the latest research and teaching facilities. This space has brought the public into the university and has given researchers the opportunity to conduct play-based research on the children. Parents noticed that their children have become more creative and imaginative after participating in the research projects.
Moving forward, Early Start aims to bring these research knowledge and tools to the community in order to create an environment that helps children flourish.