Doran International Early Childhood Education Center


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In this session, Liz will introduce the concepts of Funds of Knowledge, Funds of Identity and Working Theories to illustrate some ways in which children’s everyday lives are rich contexts for curriculum making. 


Liz Chesworth is a lecturer at the University of Sheffield where she directs the full-time Masters in Early Childhood Education. She has worked in the field of early childhood education for 25 years, during which she has taught and undertaken research in nurseries, children’s centres, primary schools and universities. Liz’s current research focuses upon play, curriculum-making and creative pedagogies. She is the Principal Investigator for a research project funded by the Froebel Trust which explores curriculum decision-making and complexity in children’s play within a multi-diverse pre-school setting. 


Liz will draw upon research from the UK and New Zealand to discuss some ways in which these concepts can enable practitioners to:

  •     Notice and respond to complexity in children’s play;
  •     Co-construct a curriculum with children, based upon respect for children as being competent and knowledgeable;
  •     Create broad, balanced and playful learning experiences that are responsive to children’s diverse interests, experiences and ideas.


Thursday, 19th November

10-12 UK time

Course fee: £12

The session will be recorded and saved for 2 days.

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