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 Departments of Psychology and Linguistics. 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.
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.Learn More >
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).Learn More >
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.Learn More >
Roberta was recently on the podcast uh-Parent-ly talking about how unstructured play helps children learn and grow on the way to adulthood.Read full story >
Roberta and her longtime collaborator, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, were recently featured in a special edition of Perspectives on Psychological Science detailing their success at designing public spaces to foster learning.Read full story >
Roberta appeared on the podcast, Your Parenting Mojo, and discussed the concept of the 30 Million Word Gap and the importance of child-directed speech.Read full story >
Roberta and her collaborators published a report with the American Academy of Pediatrics on the benefits of play for children that was recently featured in the New York Times.Read full story >
Roberta is a contributor at The Huffington Post. She contributes articles to her blog there on a regular basis, so check it out for the latest from the field.