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Natalie Day

Position/Status

Research Assistant

E-mail Address

nad45@cam.ac.uk

Phone

+ 44 (0) 01223 767 680

Qualifications

  • PGCE Secondary Science – University of Brighton
  • Bsc (Hons) Psychology – University of Leicester
  • Currently undertaking MEd Psychology and Education at Cambridge

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Profile

Natalie is a trained secondary science teacher in her last year of the part-time masters in psychology and education at Cambridge. Consumed by the power of research, she decided to move on from teaching in the hopes of reaching a wider audience through research, utilising and creating evidence-based research to inform teaching practice.

Natalie is assisting in research that seeks to understand the mechanisms of learning in early childhood. Through working with teaching professionals we are investigating how children can problem-solve in play inspired Science tasks/experiments. The goal of this work is to simultaneously inform educational program design and advance theories of child development.

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Research Topics

  • Pre-school education
  • Science education
  • Play approaches to teaching
  • Peer collaboration and dialogic learning

Current Research Project(s)

  • Developing and assessing play-based pedagogies for early childhood (in collaboration with Dr. Sara Baker, and Dr Audrey Kittredge, PEDAL Research Centre, University of Cambridge)

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Teaching


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Principal and Recent Publications