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What Science Tells Us About Early Childhood Development

November 20, 2019

By: Emily Tate

Source: Ed Surge

The use of science to inform learning and development can have profound results for children, particularly those in their first few years of life.

So say the experts—among them Randa Grob-Zakhary, a resident of Switzerland who holds doctoral degrees in neuroscience and medicine from Johns Hopkins University. Trained as a physician and neurosurgeon, Grob-Zakhary came to the education industry when she was pregnant with her first child, a time during which she “became acutely aware of the massive gap between what we know about children’s learning and development, and what we’re actually using,” she says.

In the years since, she has held a number of esteemed positions, including as CEO of the LEGO Foundation and as a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. She’s currently in the process of launching Insights for Education, a foundation to help organizations apply the evidence-based practices that we know work well. “The whole purpose is not to develop new research but to make much more use of what’s there already,” she explains.

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