News & Events
March 15, 2015
A Developmental Look at a Rigorous Block Play Program
Jackman ICS researchers (PhD Candidate Diane Tepylo, Professr Joan Moss, and Lab School Kindergarten Teacher Carol Stephenson) describe the benefits of block play for preschool children in the March 2015 issue of Young Children
March 15, 2015
Kang Lee speaks at 2015 TEDxUofT conference
February 23, 2015
Distinguished scholar and Teresa Heinz Professor of Cognitive Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University Dr. Robert S. Siegler presented an engaging look at numerical development and cognition at the 2015 Robbie Case Memorial Lecture on Monday night, hosted by the Dr. R.G.N. Laidlaw Centre at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study. Despite bitter cold and plummeting temperatures across the region, Dr. Siegler’s visit attracted a full house of interested researchers, graduate students, teachers and academics from across the province and as far away as California. Dr. Siegler was a close friend and colleague of Robbie Case, a world-renowned leader of research into children’s mathematical development and former ICS director, who passed away in 2000. Dr. Siegler’s talk, entitled An Integrated Theory of Numerical Development: Following in the Footsteps of Robbie Case, highlighted some of Robbie’s lifelong contributions to numerical cognition research, including “integrating Piagetian and information processing insights into a classic theory of cognitive development,” while being a “devoted mentor” and “setting the standard as a gentleman and a scholar”. Throughout Dr. Siegler’s address, audience members were presented with the challenges faced by educators when teaching the effects of whole number and fraction magnitudes on basic arithmetic functions such as multiplication and division. We also learned how commonplace activities such as playing counting and board games with children can improve their ongoing knowledge and understanding of the exciting world of mathematics that surrounds our daily lives.