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Lenka Blaskova


Research Assistant (Temporary) in PEDaL research centre

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+ 44 (0)1223 767600


  • MPhil (Psychology and Education) – University of Cambridge
  • MA in Applied Psychology (Guidance Counselling) – University College Cork
  • Dipl. Social and Psychological Health Studies – University College Cork
  • MBus – Cork Institute of Technology
  • BS in Business Administration – City University of Seattle

Membership of Professional Bodies/Associations

  • British Psychological Society
  • Institute of Guidance Counsellors, Ireland
  • Association for Business Psychology

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Lenka works as a research assistant with the Strand C project “Is there a role for play in schools?” at the Centre for Research on Play, Education, Development and Learning (PEDaL).  Together with teachers as “co-researchers”, the team develops new play-based pedagogies to support children’s flexible problem solving in science.

As part of her recent MPhil studies at the Faculty of Education, Lenka conducted participatory research with students in Slovakia. She focused on a phenomenological exploration of their wellbeing experiences in school. Her current PhD research interests lie in the role of peers in social and emotional development of children and its link to children’s wellbeing in school.

Lenka is a trained guidance counsellor and volunteers as SU welfare officer, at the Lucy Cavendish College.

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Research Topics

  • Child-led learning through play
  • Social and emotional development
  • Wellbeing in school context
  • Participatory research with children
  • Peer relationships
  • Mental health

Current Research Project(s)

  • in collaboration with Dr. Sara Baker, Natalie Daly, and Dr Audrey Kittredge, PEDAL Research Centre, University of Cambridge
    - Developing and assessing play-based pedagogies for early childhood
    - Building a theory of change that suggests how we might adapt teaching practices to support growth in children’s flexible problem-solving in science
  • PhD research project supervised by Dr. Ros McLellan: Understanding the role of peer relationships in social and emotional development of children and its impact on their wellbeing experiences in school

Recently Completed Research Project(s)

  • How was school? A phenomenological enquiry into wellbeing experiences of 15-year-olds in Slovakia

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  • Postgraduate
    • Assisting at MPhil students’ workshops

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    Principal and Recent Publications