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.

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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Join Us in Bringing Out Developmental Science:

APPLY TO 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.

If you are an individual in any of the above areas from the United States or Europe, who is passionate about dissemination and communication of scientific findings to benefit families and schools, please apply to this amazing two-year fellowship!

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Roberta's work appears in news publications around the world.
Check out some of the latest...

  • The 30 Million Word Gap

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    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.

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  • Let Kids Play

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    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.

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  • Fostering Healthy Relationships between Siblings

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    Roberta appeared on Morning Dose, a nationally syndicated live TV morning show, to discuss how to foster healthy relationships between young siblings. Check out Morning Dose at facebook.com/morningdosetv and @morningdosetv .  

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  • Congressional Briefing Organized by Zero to Three

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    Roberta was recently invited to Washington, DC to give a congressional briefing. Called for by Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut and Congressman Chuck Fleischmann of Tennessee, the briefing was organized by the Zero to Three Organization to inform Congress about the 30-million word gap and why language quality matters even more than the number of […]

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Some of Roberta's books include:

  • QUILS:
    Quick Interactive Language Screener
  • 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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