Dr. Julie Nicholson, AnjiPlay Advisory Board member, is director of the Center for Play Research, and her work informs policy-makers, educators and scholars. In particular, her work with play memory, how our memories of play as childern grow and change over time to reflect our hopes and values, resonates with the use of play memories in Anji, China. In her research she has interviewed subjects in over 20 countries.
Dr. Sandseter is associate professor of Physical Education at Queen Maud University College of Early Childhood Education in Trondheim, Norway where she is doing important work on the importance of risk in play and early childhood education. We encourage educators and parents to learn more about her work through her blog.
Dr. Brussoni is Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of British Columbia and has pioneered research into the important health and safety benefits of risky play for young children. Information about her recent study on the connection between risky play and childhood health is available here.
Dr. Gopnik has authored ground-breaking research into the complex thinking of young children and infants. Her ideas about the young mind are clearly reflected in the play and learning that takes place in Anji kindergartens. In a recent TED Talk she provides a concise introduction to her compelling research.