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UD’s School of Education hosts Harvard University associate professor Elizabeth Bonawitz

Join University of Delaware’s College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) for a colloquium with Elizabeth Bonawitz, David J. Vitale associate professor of learning sciences in Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, on Wednesday, April 3, from 1:50 to 2:50 p.m. in room 205 of Willard Hall Education Building.

Bonawitz’s research focuses on the basic science theories of learning with the broader goal of informing educational practice. Bonawitz’s empirical approach focuses on the structure of children’s early causal beliefs, how evidence and prior beliefs interact to affect children’s learning, the developmental processes that influence children’s belief revision and curiosity and the role of social factors (such as learning from others) in guiding learning. Her colloquium is titled “How Predictive Questions Might Support Children’s Curiosity and Learning.”

Bonawitz’s colloquium is part of a year-long series hosted by CEHD’s School of Education (SOE). The series elevates critical perspectives on educational reform and fits with the SOE’s commitment to addressing and redressing social injustices through its teaching, research and service.

Speakers both internal and external to UD share their research and engage with faculty and students. This year, external speakers share perspectives on a wide range of educational policy issues, provoking important and challenging questions about educational improvement in our nation.

The colloquium is free and open to the public. Audience members are also welcome to participate in a discussion with the speaker following the colloquium.

To learn more, visit education.udel.edu/colloquium-series/.

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Article by Jessica Henderson. Photo by Shelly Silva and courtesy of Elizabeth Bonawitz.