Educational and other effects of giving children tablets for learning: Critical questions on the One Laptop Per Child approach

Recent news articles have been discussing the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project being implemented in various parts of the Majority World. Here’s an article at Mashable, and another at Dvice. Basically, the OLPC programme recently gave tablets to Grade-1-aged children in two remote Ethiopian villages. OLPC has given tablets to children before. What was different … Continue reading

Is racism learned during childhood?

Research has shown that children begin to recognize different races very early on, in the first few months of life, and that they are better able to differentiate faces from the race with which they are most familiar (e.g., Kelly et al., 2007). There’s also research showing that, in adulthood, racist perspectives can be seen … Continue reading

The importance of the first 2,000 days of life for health, learning, and society

Children’s earliest experiences – in “the first 2,000 days of life” – play a critical role in establishing their developmental trajectories in health, learning, and society. This was the key message of the international symposium, ‘Investing in Mothers and Children’ (a Connaught Global Challenge International Symposium), held September 27-29, 2012, to mark the official launch of the … Continue reading

Knowledge and responsibility

Last week I was at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) conference, and this week I am at the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) conference. I have been thinking about ‘knowledge’, the ‘application’ of knowledge, and the ‘how’ of that application. At the AERA opening plenary, Linda Tuhiwai Smith spoke on the conference theme … Continue reading

Learning and development in context

Learning and development occur within social and physical contexts. Not only do learning and development occur within contexts, but in fact are shaped by contexts. Over the last few years, I have had opportunities to work with child development and early education programmes in various global contexts. In one of my earlier experiences working in the Majority … Continue reading

The status of education in Pakistan

Recently the South Asian Forum for Education Development (SAFED) released their annual report on the status of education in Pakistan: Annual Status of Education Report 2011. (The full report in pdf format is available here.) The report highlights some of the key challenges facing education in Pakistan. In rural areas, one out of every five children … Continue reading

Welcome!

Welcome to my website and blog! I am a doctoral candidate at the Department of Human Development & Applied Psychology at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto (Canada). I am interested in research, theory, and practice in a range of areas: early childhood development; early education (pre-primary and primary) – including … Continue reading