Teaching & Learning through Play (Pre Kindy to Year 2) Presented by Dr Dee O'Connor



Presented by Dr Dee O’Connor

This session also includes an introductory presentation by our educational consultant on Play-Based Learning through Walker Learning pedagogy.

Dr Dee O’Connor is an Associate Professor of Education at the University of Notre Dame, Australia – specialising in Early Childhood Education. Dee holds over 25 years of experience in the field within a variety of positions across early childhood practice, policy and academia.

Professor O’Connor’s research relates to play, learning environments, creativity and child development through education. Dee is a published author and regularly speaks at national and international conferences.

Dee will discuss the importance of child-initiated and self-directed play experiences, and how educators can optimise young children’s learning through a play-based pedagogy.

In this session we will:

  • Explore the theory of play and why play is fundamental for education in the early primary years
  • Discuss the latest neuroscientific breakthroughs and how this impacts our understandings of young children’s development
  • Discover innovative ways to add value to the teaching of literacy, numeracy, STEM and life skills
  • Provide strategies for children to explore learning through investigations which link to intentional teaching of all curricular areas

Australian Professional Teaching Standards: APTS –1.2, 3.4, 3.6, 3.7, 4.1,4.2, 5.4, 6.2

EVENT TIME: 9.30am to 3.30pm

Morning Tea and Lunch are provided.

This Event will fill quickly, please book early to avoid disappointment.