“Learning through Play” and its relationship with quality Early Childhood Education
Prof. Doris Pui Wah CHENG, Tung Wah College
Prof. XU Qinmei
13:30-17:00pm Sept. 21 2018
Room 228, Tin Ka Ping Building, Xixi Campus
Professor Doris Cheng Pui Wah is the Acting Dean of the School of Art and Humanity of Tung Wah College. She was the ex-Centre Director of Childhood Research and Innovation at the Education University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong Institute of Education). Her research and publications focuses on early childhood curriculum and pedagogy including teaching and learning through play, the impact of play on children and the role and professional development of early childhood teachers. She publishes widely on early childhood education especially on the teaching and learning through play and is an advocate of play. Internationally, Doris has been active in promoting play. In 2004, she was invited to be an overseas consultant in a ‘Play and Learning’ project at the University of Cambridge, U.K. Currently, she becomes one of the core team members in a Global Research & Innovation Network on Learning through Play. She is involved in the Netherland’s NUFFIC project working with Bangladesh, Uganda and Tanzania.
Play has been seen as central for children’s development and learning. It has been adopted as the core component for the early years’ curriculum all over the world. Yet, its implementation has been found difficult and problematic. The speaker will illustrate the above issue from a global perspective and then highlights the benefits and unintended impacts of “learning through play” onto young children’s development and learning. She will then discuss the possible agenda for the betterment of the next generation.