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Launch of the Centre for Research on Play in Education, Development and Learning (PEDAL)


Today the University of Cambridge is launching a ground-breaking research institution to examine the role of playfulness in learning and development in young children.

The Centre for Research on Play in Education, Development and Learning (PEDAL) has been established with a £4 million donation from the LEGO Foundation, a Danish corporate foundation funded by LEGO whose aim is to use play to improve learning for children all over the world.

PEDAL acting director Dr David Whitebread said: "Play opportunities for children living in modern urban environments are increasingly curtailed, within their homes, communities and schooling. At the same time, play remains a relatively under-researched area within developmental science, with many fundamental questions still unanswered.  Therefore, an invigorated research effort in this area will constitute a significant contribution to cultural understandings about the importance of play and the development, internationally, of high quality education, particularly in the area of early childhood. "

The launch will take place at 4pm this afternoon (22/10/2015). If you would like to watch the launch (either live or at a later date) it can be viewed via:

We hope you will join us for this exciting event!

The PEDAL team

Posted on 22/10/2015

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