Thinking Together, Episode 4: Professor Joseph Sparling —‘Supporting Children’s Learning and Development’

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Jenni Connor
Jenni Connor undertakes research and writing into learning, curriculum and educational issues generally. She was author of the 2011 NQS PLP e-Newsletters and responsible for coordinating the 2012 and 2013 series.
Joseph Sparling
Joseph Sparling is an Honorary Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne. Along with Professor Craig Ramey, he developed an early educational program known as the Abecedarian Approach.

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Our Thinking together video series brings the early childhood experts to you. In this video, Professor Joseph Sparling examines four essential elements of supporting young children’s learning and development, which form part of the Abecedarian Approach Australia. Learn about the role of enriched relationships and caregiving, language, literacy and games.

Joseph Sparling is an Honorary Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne. Along with Professor Craig Ramey, he developed an early educational program known as the Abecedarian Approach. Forty years of research shows that implementation of this program early in life has a positive long-lasting impact for vulnerable children and parents.

Watch the video interview and then work through our list of reflective questions, developed by early childhood expert Jenni Connor to stimulate shared thinking and discussion. Running time: 12 minutes + discussion.