Welcome to the Dr. R.G.N. Laidlaw Centre
The Dr. R.G.N. Laidlaw Centre is dedicated to the support of applied multidisciplinary research in child development. It is an integral part of the Institute of Child Study’s mission of integrating research, graduate/teacher training, and exemplary elementary education in the ICS Laboratory School. Current research is aimed at understanding children and innovative programs to support their education and development.
The Centre was dedicated on April 10, 1992 to Dr. Nick Laidlaw, who had devoted his own professional life to the Institute of Child Study. A visionary endowment from the Laidlaw Foundation ensures that scholarship aimed at understanding child development will benefit new generations of children.
Research at ICS
An over-arching theme for investigation is how research and knowledge move into practice, or in some cases, develop in practice through action research or design research.
Our faculty research includes children's learning processes and cognition; educational practices; and family and community systems.
The application of research to practice is fostered by links between research in the Laidlaw Centre and the combined research and professional training in the M.A. in Child Study and Education program, based on a teacher-researcher model.