Roberta Michnick Golinkoff holds the Unidel H. Rodney Sharp Chair in the School of Education at the University of Delaware and is also a member of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and the Department of Linguistics and Cognitive Sciences. An author of 12 books and numerous professional articles, she founded and directs the Child’s Play, Learning, & Development Lab, whose goal it is to understand how children tackle the amazing feat of learning language and much else about their world.
Guided play advances cognitive skills like language and reading, as well as social skills like emotion regulation.
In the last 20 years, advances in the sciences of infant development have allowed us to view the processes of early word learning for the first time.
Investment in early childhood is a moral imperative that also saves society from 7 to 14 dollars for every dollar spent.
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Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, Ph.D.

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff holds the Unidel H. Rodney Sharp Chair in the School of Education at the University of Delaware and is also a member of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and the Department of Linguistics and Cognitive Sciences. An author of 12 books and numerous professional articles, she founded and directs the Child’s Play, Learning, & Development Lab, whose goal it is to understand how children tackle the amazing feat of learning language and much else about their world.

Check Out What Is Happening with Learning Landscapes

At the intersection of the global cities movement and the movement to optimize early education in and out of school, lies Playful Learning Landscapes. Twenty-first Century Learning models will need to embrace a breadth of skills that allow children to succeed in a world of increasing uncertainty and change. Projections suggest that by 2050 over 70% of the worlds’ children will be living in urban areas and that most of these children – over 825 million – will reach adulthood without even the basic secondary skills required to meet the workplace of today and tomorrow.

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Announcing the QUILS™

QUICK INTERACTIVE LANGUAGE SCREENER

Funded by the Institute for Education Sciences with a grant to Roberta M. Golinkoff, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Jill deVilliers, Aquiles Iglesias, and Mary Wilson, Brooks Publishing has brought out our new language screener, developed to find children (ages 3 through 5) with potential language problems. As language is fundamental to children’s success in school and in life, we hope it will be adopted by schools to find children with potential language issues who might linger unnoticed in classrooms. It can be administered on any touchscreen tablet or computer and identifies children for referral. QUILS™ has a monolingual English version and a forthcoming version for children learning both English and Spanish (the QUILS: ES).

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Bringing Out Developmental Science:

THE LEARNING SCIENCES EXCHANGE

Breakthroughs and insights now emerge regularly from the learning sciences. Yet they are slow to make their way into schools, family support systems, and the social consciousness. Too often, new findings are either left to wilt in inaccessible academic journals, contorted by splashy headlines, or too complicated to lead to real policy changes. One major contributor to this problem is that journalists, entertainers, policy influencers, and learning scientists have no incentive to take the time to listen to each other, grapple with problems together, and gain a deeper understanding of each other’s mission and work.

This is why the Jacobs Foundation, together with the think tank New America, and the International Congress on Infant Studies (ICIS) created a new fellowship: The Learning Sciences Exchange (LSX). The LSX aims to create a conversation between scientists, journalists, entertainers, and policy makers.

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Roberta's work appears in news publications around the world.
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  • Learning Sciences Exchange Meeting in Zurich, Switzerland

    [Learning Sciences Exchange]

    A meeting of the Learning Sciences Exchange (LSX) took place in June of 2022. Pictured left to right: Roberta with Elise Franchino, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Cathrin Jerie, and Lisa Guernsey.

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  • Roberta in Corpus Christi

    [Texas School Ready Early Childhood Institute]

    Corpus Christi, TX welcomed Roberta in June of 2022 to speak at the Texas School Ready Early Childhood Institute about why playful learning makes for a superior educational experience.

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  • Ah Verona!

    [BabyQUILS]

    Roberta went to Verona, Italy in May of 2022 to consult with faculty at the University of Verona about making an Italian version of the BabyQUILS.

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  • Roberta Goes Global!

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    Roberta was recently featured in a video that won a Cannes Lions award! The video describes a campaign, “H is for Handwashing” that teaching children the importance of handwashing from a young age.  

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Some of Roberta's books include:

  • User’s Manual for the Quick Interactive Language Screener™ (QUILS™)
    A Measure of Vocabulary, Syntax, and Language Acquisition Skills in Young Children
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  • Links between Spatial and Mathematical Skills across the Preschool Years
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  • Becoming Brilliant:
    What Science Tells us About Raising Successful Children
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  • A Mandate for Playful Learning in Preschool:
    Presenting the Evidence
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  • Einstein Never Used Flash Cards:
    How Our Children Really Learn-- and Why They Need to Play More and Memorize Less
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