Dr Penny Van Bergen
Penny Van Bergen is an Associate Professor in Educational Psychology in the Department of Educational Studies. She is Co-Director of the Faculty of Human Sciences' Centre for Children’s Learning in a Social World.
Penny’s research focuses on children’s development of memory and emotion skills in social contexts. She studies how parents and families reminisce with children about the past, how children use emotion and perspective-taking skills when working with others, and how group-work in schools and universities may facilitate learning.
Penny is particularly interested in children’s relationships with teachers, parents, and peers, and in mapping the kinds of social interactions that best facilitate learning and development.
Dr Naomi Sweller
Naomi Sweller is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology. She is the Deputy Director of the Faculty of Human Sciences' Centre for Children's Learning in a Social World.
Naomi conducts research in the broad field of cognitive development, more specifically examining the use of gestures by both children and adult learners and communicators, as well as concept learning by children and adults. She has partnered extensively with researchers in the fields of early childhood education and special education, as well as education more generally.
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