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A lecture about play and Self-Directed Education by Dr Peter Gray

Why Play and Self-Directed Education Are Crucial to Prepare Children for an Ever-Changing Future.

Peter Gray is a research professor of psychology at Boston College who has

conducted and published research in neuroendocrinology, developmental

psychology, anthropology, and education. He is author of an internationally

acclaimed introductory psychology textbook (Psychology, Worth Publishers, now in

its 8 th edition), which views all of psychology from an evolutionary perspective. His

recent research focuses on the role of play in human evolution and how children

educate themselves, through play and exploration, when they are free to do so. He

has expanded on these ideas in his book, Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to

Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life

(Basic Books). He also authors a regular blog called Freedom to Learn, for Psychology

Today magazine. He is a founding member and president of the nonprofit Alliance

for Self-Directed Education (ASDE), which is aimed at creating a world in which

children’s natural ways of learning are facilitated rather than suppressed. He is also

a founding board director of the nonprofit Let Grow, the mission of which is to

renew children’s freedom to play and explore outdoors, independently of adults. He

earned his undergraduate degree at Columbia College and Ph.D. in biological

sciences at the Rockefeller University many years ago. His own current play

includes kayaking, long-distance bicycling, backwoods skiing, and vegetable

gardening.

Earlier Event: November 8
Interest night