Early Childhood Education: What Science Has to Teach Us


5 de dezembro de 2018

| Braga

| Universidade do Minho

Realizou-se nos dias 5 e 6 de dezembro de 2018, na Universidade do Minho, em Braga, a III Conferência Internacional EDULOG, subordinada ao tema Early Childhood Education: What Science Has to Teach Us.



Opening session


The impact of poverty and social exclusion on childhood brain development: the ProChild CoLAB as a model
Adriana Sampaio | Escola de Psicologia, Universidade do Minho, Braga, Portugal


Coffee break


Parallel sessions 1
Communication and learning/Childhood Education and economy

Parallel sessions 2
Development and learning


Lunch break


Parallel sessions 1
Communication and the digital world in early childhood education

Parallel sessions 2
Development and learning


Coffee break


Building resilient communities from the early years: ECEC as place for connections, well-being and dialogue for children, families and professionals
Chiara Bove | Associate Professor of General and Social Pedagogy, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy


Poster session


Gala diner


Adriana Sampaio, MD, PhD, is the lab director of the Psychological Neuroscience Lab in the School of Psychology, University of Minho, Portugal.

Her main research is in the field of developmental cognitive neuroscience, namely in the structural and neurofunctional and genetic basis of (ab)normal cognitive and emotional processes. In particular, using cutting edge technologies that combine morphometric with functional neuroimaging measures, her work aims to map specific neurodevelopmental processes associated with normal higher cognitive function and their age-related trajectories, by looking at the dynamic interplay between genetic, biological, and environmental factors that shape brain development.

As part of her work, Adriana Sampaio has published more than seventy articles in ISI journals, collaborating with several research teams (Spain, France, United Kingdom, Brazil and USA). She is the principal investigator of several projects funded by FCT and Fundação Bial. She was also awarded for her work in the area of research in Psychology.

Chiara Bove is Associate Professor at the University of Milan-Bicocca where she teaches 'Intercultural Pedagogy’ as part of the Degree in Intercultural Communication and “Theories and practices of educational communication” as part of the Master Degree in Education. In the past she has thought “Qualitative research method in Education” and “Intercultural Pedagogy” as part of the Degree in Education. She has conducted her research in the ECE field and she has participated and is still involved in several research projects. Among them in recent years: Systems of Early Education/Care and professionalization in Europe (SEEPRO, on going; Coordinate by Pamela Oberhuemer); the international European FP7 Programme: CARE Early childhood education and care: promoting quality for individual, social and economic benefits. (2013-2017; coordinated by Paul Leseman); the international project Teacher's Behaviour Analysis in Infant Toddler Center. Instruments and methods for training within a cross national research project, in collaboration with the University of Knoxville-Tennessee (2009-2012); the research Together. Centres for children and adults, in collaboration with the ISTC, Rome (2009-2012); and Children Crossing Borders, with J. Tobin (Bernard Van Leer Foundation, 222.039.2004). Her recent research topics concerns intercultural issues in the ECE field, parents’ participation and school and family relationships in pre-primary educational settings, and the use of video in educational research and professional development. She has published a range of articles, chapters, books and reports. She is country coordinator of the EECERA conference.

Annika Andersson is an Associate Professor at the Linnaeus University in Sweden. During 11 years as an early childhood teacher she became interested in first and second language acquisition. At the University of Oregon she received a bachelor’s degree in developmental psychology (studying domain generalities of language acquisition). This was followed by a PhD in psychology within the field of cognitive neuroscience. 

In Oregon she was involved in a large scale intervention study with 3-5-year-old children from Head start schools. Her main focus was on researching children’s processing of language. In this work she investigated Head start children and 6-8-year-old children’s processing of phonology, semantics and syntax in an only language or in a second language. This research utilized behavioral language-proficiency tests and a neurophysiological measure of language processing—event-related potentials (ERPs). ERPs measure processing online, millisecond by millisecond, as processing unfolds in the brain. With this sensitive measurement differences in processing in relation to age, proficiency, age of acquisition, and cross-linguistic interference can be discerned when these differences cannot be established with traditional language proficiency tests. 

She has been a frequent speaker at teacher conferences focusing on foreign language acquisition and second language acquisition in children and adults.

Graça S. Carvalho is Full Professor of the University of Minho, Braga, Portugal, and the Director of the Research Centre on Child Studies (CIEC) of the same University. She has developed postgraduate research training in Child Health, with particular focus in school settings. In addition to 24 national projects, she was the general coordinator of the European project on “Biology, Health and Environmental Education for better Citizenship” (BIOHEAD-CITIZEN: STREP-FP6 CIT2-CT2004-506015; 2004-2008) involving 19 countries. Presently, she coordinates, at national level, two European projects: “Promoting healthy eating and physical activity in local communities” (HEPCOM: European Commission Health Programme, Contract nº 20121204; 2013-2016); and “Co-Creation: a method to develop sustainable welfare solutions” (Co-Creation Welfare; Erasmus+ KA202-2016-12; 2016-2019). 

She has supervised 22 PhD theses and is supervising 8. She has 433 publications, including 125 papers in scientific journals, 73 chapters in books and 181 papers in proceedings of scientific meetings. She is referee of submitted manuscripts to 28 international journals and is member of panels of evaluation for: academic promotion (France, Greece, Cyprus), research centers (France) and research projects (Germany, Romania and Israel). She has awarded the honorary degree of ‘Doctor Honoris Causa’ by the University of Claude Bernard Lyon 1, France in 2017.


Chiara Bove
Chiara Bove

Building "resilient" communities from the early years: ECEC Centres as place for connections, wellbeing and dialogue for children, families and practitioners

Annika Andersson
Annika Andersson

On what we can learn from studying children’s brains while they process language

Graça S. Carvalho
Graça S. Carvalho

Research with children: methodological and ethical issues


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2018 EDULOG International Conference. Early Childhood Education: What Science Has to Teach Us


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