Early Childhood Education

Summer Institute


Play, Language, Self-Regulation & Learning in Young Children

ECED 480B / ECED 565B / EPSE 565B

This course is concerned with the central role of the development of self-regulation abilities in young children during pre-school and early schooling. This will include abilities related to the regulation of cognition, emotion, motivation and social interaction. Evidence regarding the significance of these skills, the nature of their development during these age groups, and the contexts which support them will be addressed.

Particular focus will be placed on the examination of the role of play in these early developments, together with the role of early forms of pre-verbal and verbal communication with parents/carers and teachers. Implications for practice in pre-school and early years settings will be explored, including the characteristics of the classroom environment, activities and adult-child interactions which have been demonstrated to support children’s early self-regulation development.

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David_Whitebread(web)David Whitebread, BA, MEd, PhD is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology & Education at the University of Cambridge. He is a developmental cognitive psychologist and early years specialist. Before entering higher education, he taught in early years and primary schools for 12 years, mainly in Leicestershire, England.

His research interests are concerned with children’s cognitive development and implications for early years and primary education. He is currently involved in research projects dealing with metacognition and self-regulation in young children’s learning, and with the impact of playful experiences on children’s narrative skills.

Other interests evolutionary psychology, and the application of cognitive neuroscience to early years education. His publications include Teaching and Learning in the Early Years (3rd Ed, 2008, Routledge) and Developmental Psychology & Early Childhood Education (2011, Sage).

UBC Vancouver Campus

Buchanan Building | B318 | Map

July 8–19, 2013

8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

UBC Students

Current UBC students can register for the courses through the Student Service Centre, using their Campus Wide Login, in one of:

  • ECED 480B/96A | Selected Topics in Early Childhood Education
    (3 credits), or
  • ECED 565B/96A | Special Course in Early Childhood Education
    (3 credits), or
  • EPSE 565B/96A | Special Course in Special Education
    (3 credits)

Admission to UBC

Undergraduate Students

All non-UBC students wishing to register in the courses must be first be admitted to the UBC Faculty of Education. Information on admission/readmission is available on the Teacher Education Office website.

Visiting Graduate Students

To be eligible for admission as a visiting student to UBC, students must be currently registered in a graduate program with good standing at the home university.
The Western Deans’ agreement does not apply to this institute program.
For assistance with the online admission procedures, contact the Early Childhood Education graduate program assistant.

UBC Students

For current tuition information please refer to the UBC Calendar.

Visiting Graduate Students

Visiting graduate students who wish to take credit courses must register for those courses and will be assessed tuition fees at the prevailing graduate per credit rate, plus authorized student fees.

Tuition fees are subject to review by The University of British Columbia.

Tuition Fee Certificates

Current UBC students may use Tuition Fee Certificates for this program. The certificate does not cover the cost of course materials or any other fees. Contact Professional Development & Community Engagement for more information:
604.822.2013 | pdce.educ@ubc.ca