New Thinking: New Possibilities Webinar Series: Developing imagination in play to develop imagination in STEM learning!

18th May, 2021 @ 4:00 pm


18/05/2021 - 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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Young children are naturally curious about STEM concepts in coming to terms with the world around them. Join Laureate Professor Marilyn Fleer as she transports us into the Conceptual PlayWorld (a play-based and innovative model of intentional teaching) where young children embark on imaginary journeys to solve challenges through STEM concepts. “If you develop children’s imagination through play, you are actually developing their foundational capacity to be thinking abstractly and to imagine concepts – because a lot of concepts are very imaginary.”

Laureate Professor Marilyn Fleer began her career as an early childhood educator, having experience in long day care, preschool, and later in the professional learning of STEM for teachers in the birth to the end of school sector. She is passionate about play, intentional teaching of STEM, and in designing imaginative and inspiring play programs. Her research at Monash University is funded by the Australian Research Council, and has been recognised nationally through being the first women in education to be bestowed the award of an ARC Laureate Fellow in 2018.

Marilyn holds the Foundation Chair in Early Childhood Education and Development at Monash, where she’s also a Kathleen Fitzpatrick Australian Laureate Fellow. She researches in the areas of early childhood science, engineering and technologies, with particular attention on digital visual methodology framed through cultural-historical theory. Her Laureate Fellowship on the theme “Imagination in play and imagination in STEM” investigates how families and teachers create conditions for children’s conceptual thinking in play-based settings.

Target audience: Early childhood & OSHC leaders and educators

Delivery mode: Zoom


Laureate Professor Marilyn Fleer
Desiree Gilbert, AISSA
Aleida Mabarrack, AISSA
Monica Williams, AISSA
Libby Worrell, AISSA


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For registration enquiries please contact Rae Dawkins.


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