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.
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 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.

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.
Check out some of the latest...

  • Playful Learning

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    Listen to Roberta talk about the importance of playful learning while in Stavanger, Norway to present at the University of Stavanger’s Filorium conference!

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  • To the Stars and Beyond from a Tower of Blocks

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    The building block has been such a fact of American childhood for so long, it’s easy to dismiss the humble little cube as irrelevant, particularly in light of fancy newer digital toys that flash and whirr, sing ditties and announce “I love you” at random intervals. The fact is, those shouty toys can’t hold a […]

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  • Your baby is a genius

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    Did you know your baby is a genius? It’s a serious question, one that University of Delaware professor Roberta Michnick Golinkoff has been asking parents since she arrived on campus in 1974 and established the Infant Language Lab, since renamed the Child’s Play, Learning and Development Laboratory.

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  • How Did “Play” Become a Four-Letter Word?

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    The pressure to over-program kids often seems endless – so much so that a simple, old-fashioned idea has fallen to the side: Children should play. Roberta Michnick Golinkoff & Kathy Hirsh-Pasek – researchers and co-authors of “Becoming Brilliant, What Science Tells Us About Raising Successful Children” – explain their “Learning Landscapes” program, where they help […]

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Some of Roberta's books include:

  • 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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  • Play = Learning:
    How Play Motivates and Enhances Children's Cognitive and Social-Emotional Growth
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  • Action Meets Word:
    How Children Learn Verbs
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