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Professor Glenda MacNaughton

Professor Glenda MacNaughton Dip.T (ECE), Dip ECS, B.Ed, Ph D (early childhood education) has worked in the early childhood field for nearly 30 years.

She is currently professor in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, at the University of Melbourne where she established and now directs the Centre for Equity and Innovation in Early Childhood. 

Her years in early childhood have included work across all sectors as a practitioner and manager and she was a senior policy advisor to government in the UK and Australia.

Glenda has a passionate interest in social justice and equity issues in early childhood and has published widely nationally and internationally on these issues. Her most recently published books explore approaches to teaching in early childhood and shaping early childhood curriculum and focus on the early childhood teacher as a reflective practitioner.  

Glenda has just completed two projects that explore ways to centre children's voices more powerfully in the early childhood curriculum and she is currently researching how teachers explore contemporary issues in the early childhood curriculum and staff-parent relations in early childhood. 

Brain/mind learning

Glenda was a key presenter at the Learning Brain Expo Down Under held in Adelaide in April 2004. Her critical theorist lens gives a complex perspective to the leaning about how the brain and mind are connected, and in fact how people learn.

She is also featured in the learning to learn brain/mind learning resource kit. In this resource Glenda draws on some of the tools of postmodern analysis to assist readers to engage in critical reflections on brain-mind learning research.

A key question in this process is - Who benefits from the ways we construct meaning?

Glenda supports readers to develop their own critical reflections on the connections between power, equity and the social meanings and understandings generated in the brain-mind-learning research.

A critical look at the neurosciences

Glenda Mac Naughton is currently Associate Professor and Director of the Centre in the Faculty of Education at the University of Melbourne. She established and now directs the Centre for Equity and Innovation in Early Childhood.

Her 30 years in early childhood have included work across all sectors as a practitioner and manager and she has been a senior policy advisor to government in the UK and Australia.

Glenda links the history of learning theory to our own classrooms and explores how our learning theory can be a result of behaviourism, neurosciences, constructivism - or your own home-grown theory.

Drawing on selected tools of postmodern analysis to engage in critical reflections on Brain-Mind-Learning Research and using what she calls a meaning map, Glenda Mac Naughton explores connections between power, equity and the social meanings and understandings we generate and enables us to reflect critically on who benefits from the ways we construct meaning.

The workshop is designed to generate questions and challenges, rather than produce definitive statements about brain-mind-learning research.

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