70th OMEP World Assembly and Conference
World Assembly: 25 - 26 of June 2018, Prague, Hotel Olympik
International Conference: 27 - 29 of June, 2018, Prague, Hotel Clarion
CONDITIONS OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION TODAY:
A FOUNDATION FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
Kathy Sylva, Professor of Educational Psychology, Department of Education, University of Oxford, UK
Kathy Sylva is Honorary Research Fellow and Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Oxford. After a doctorate in Developmental Psychology at Harvard, she moved to England for post-doctoral research with Jerome Bruner at the University of Oxford Department. Her research interests fall into two themes. She has conducted several large-scale studies on the effects of early education and care on children’s development, acting as a lead researcher on the Effective Pre-school and Primary Education study (EPPE/EPPSE) which followed 3,000 children from pre-school entry to the end of compulsory schooling. She co-led the national Evaluation of Children’s Centers in England, another large scale study on the effects of early childhood services on development. Her second interest is in programs aimed at enhancing parents’ capacity to support their child’s learning and behavior. She has led three randomized controlled trials to evaluate parenting interventions. Kathy has published seven books and 200 papers/technical reports on early education/care, early literacy, and support for families. She was Specialist Adviser to the UK Parliamentary Committee on Education 2000-2009, the Scottish Parliament Education Committee in 2007, the UK Review of the early childhood curriculum in 2011, the National Expert Panel on “Standards for Early Years Teachers” in 2012, and the House of Lords Enquiry into “Affordable Childcare” in 2015. She has honorary doctorates from the University of Gothenburg, the Open University, and Oxford Brookes University. She was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2008 and in 2014 the British Education Research Association’s Nisbett Award for outstanding contribution to educational research.