A Conversation With Peter Gray by Michelle Loucas
Join us at the Philly Free School to hear Dr. Peter Gray speak on: "Learning Through Play: How Children's Natural Curiosity, Playfulness, and Sociability Serve Their Education." RSVP here.
Peter describes what he will focus on here:
"Children come into the world exquisitely designed by natural selection to learn about the physical, social, and cultural world around them. In this talk--based on cross-cultural research, laboratory studies, and my own research at alternative educational settings in the United States--I will describe how children's instincts to explore, play, and bond with others provide the natural foundation for education. I will also describe the conditions in which these educative instincts seem to operate best."
This free talk will occur on Wednesday, January 31st from 6-8pm, and is co-sponsored by Philly Free School and Smith Memorial Playground.
Childcare is available. RSVP required here.
A short bio of Peter:
Peter Gray, research professor of psychology at Boston College, has conducted and published research in neuroendocrinology, developmental psychology, anthropology, and education. He is author of an internationally used introductory psychology textbook (now in its 7th edition), which views all of psychology from an evolutionary perspective. Much of his research focuses on the role of play in human evolution and how children educate themselves, through play and exploration, when they are free to do so. He has expanded on these ideas in his book, Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life. He also authors a regular blog called Freedom to Learn, for Psychology Today magazine and is president of the nonprofit Alliance for Self-Directed Education.