Early educators’ knowledge of early language pedagogy
Early educators’ knowledge of early language pedagogy: How can it be measured and does it matter for child language outcomes?

About this event:
We are delighted to invite you to the launch of our new research report. This study, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, explored relationships between Reception class teacher’s pedagogical knowledge and children’s language progress across the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). We used a new video measure to capture the dynamic ‘procedural’ knowledge which supports educators’ in-the-moment decision-making during real interactions with children.

We found that teachers’ knowledge of language-supporting strategies predicted gains in children’s understanding of vocabulary and sentence structure between the ages of three and five. More important than knowing the strategies themselves was understanding why such strategies might be effective (e.g. how a specific strategy might shape children’s language skills) – perhaps because such knowledge supports informed and intentional practice.

Please do join us to hear more about our findings and discuss what they might mean for practice, policy and research.
Date: 10 October 2022, 16:00 (Monday, 1st week, Michaelmas 2022)
Venue: Online
Speakers: Dr Sandra Mathers (University of Oxford), Dr Lars-Erik Malmberg (University of Oxford), Dr Julian Gardiner (University of Oxford), Dr Ariel Lindorff (University of Oxford)
Organising department: Department of Education
Organiser: Dr Sandra Mathers (University of Oxford)
Organiser contact email address: sandra.mathers@education.ox.ac.uk
Host: Dr Sandra Mathers (University of Oxford)
Booking required?: Required
Booking url: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/early-educators-knowledge-of-early-language-pedagogy-tickets-415832765997
Booking email: communications@education.ox.ac.uk
Cost: Free
Audience: Public
Editors: Carolyn Fray, Heather Sherkunov