Showcasing Talking Matters to language experts

In early May, Talking Matters had the privilege of working alongside a group of prestigious local and international early language researchers.

Coaches from Glen Innes Family Centre showcased how Talking Matters to Tamaki whānau coaching is making an impact on local families. The researchers also visited Potiki ECE centre where teachers are intentionally focusing on talk and interaction, using LENA recordings as a tool for critical reflection.

This network of researchers has been brought together by the Marie Clay Research Centre from the University of Auckland.

Researchers came from Macquarie University, University of Dundee, Ontario Institute of Education, University of Auckland, University of Waikato and Victoria University of Wellington. We had so much in common and it was an example of ako in practice - the learning went both ways!

The Marie Clay Research Centre won a Royal Society Catalyst Seeding Grant in 2018 to create a collaborative network of researchers focused on the early language and communication of young children (0-3). The researchers’ interests encompass verbal and non-verbal development, children learning in multi-lingual environments, and in heritage languages and cultures. Researchers came from Macquarie University, University of Dundee, Ontario Institute of Education, University of Auckland, University of Waikato and Victoria University of Wellington.

We had so much in common and it was an example of ako in practice - the learning went both ways!

We look forward to staying connected with this network.


 

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