Play Pedagogy Research Partnership with Monash University
Preshil began working in partnership with Monash University in 2015 when the Director of Early Learning at that time, Dr Rebecca Lewis, was undertaking a PhD about the role of the teacher in play based programs. The collaboration centred on Conceptual PlayLab research, and Professor Marilyn Fleer’s Conceptual PlayWorld model which was part of the ARC (Australian Research Council) Project. The PlayWorld model focuses on creative and purposeful ways for young children to learn STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) concepts through play and imagination. The collaborative research aims to support teachers to encourage girls to develop a love of, and hands on involvement with, STEM. The partnership with Monash continued until 2018, when the last joint PlayWorld project between Preshil and Monash wound up. Since that time, Preshil has continued to develop a PlayWorlds program which reflects the school’s long tradition of play based teaching and learning.