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PEDAL: Centre for Research on Play in Education, Development & Learning

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What is PEDAL?

Our mission is to conduct academic research into the role of play in young children’s lives and to inform wider practice and policy.  PEDAL is located in the University of Cambridge’s Faculty of Education, and was launched in October 2015 with funding from the LEGO Foundation. PEDAL is part of the Psychology, Education and Learning Studies Research Group at the Faculty.


serious research about play

PEDAL Hub is our new play research website. An online resource that helps parents, practitioners, teachers, NGOs and policy-makers locate authoritative play research as well as understand its practical implications. PEDAL Hub enables current and credible play research easy to find and easy to understand. The site includes a useful keyword search tool that locates the abstracts of a suite of relevant research papers. 


Play Pieces Z to A of Play

As well as containing play research articles, reports, policy documents and practical resources, PEDAL Hub also includes 'Play Pieces' – our user-friendly digests of key concepts, findings and theories.

The Z - A of Play is 26 bitesize pieces that we'll share over the coming year. The Play Pieces are short summaries of current play research written by experts, all linked to relevant research papers. Do check it out and let us know what you think!

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