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

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PEDAL – serious research about play

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.


Festival of Ideas events in October

We are hosting two free events as part of the University's popular 'Festival of Ideas' this year. 

The first is a panel discussion on 18 October exploring the changing nature of childhood and the role of independent, adventurous play has in supporting social, emotional and physical development.  This event is ticketed - if you'd like to come along, you can find out more and register here

The next event is a chance for parents/carers of primary-age children to take part in some playful research at the Faculty of Education on 26 October. This is a drop-in event, so no need to book, but more information is available on this link.

Play at the Extremes event posterPlayful Learning poster


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