First hand experience: what matters to children
The authors are a team of experienced and respected education researchers
and consultants. Over many years they have come together to work on a variety
of projects, and have always been committed to promoting what matters to
Diane Rich runs Rich Learning
Opportunities: keeping creativity, play and first hand experience at
the heart of children’s learning. She co-ordinates the
What Matters to
and has been involved in children’s
learning for many years, as play worker, teacher, deputy head and advisory
teacher, researcher, education consultant, writer, trustee for children’s
charities. She appears on Teacher’s TV.
Denise Casanova is an artist and
freelance arts education consultant who is committed to education through the
arts. She has taught extensively in schools, for museums and arts
organisations in the USA and UK.
Annabelle Dixon’s classroom was, in
the words of a friend, ‘a place of genuine intellectual search.’ As
psychologist and teacher she was committed to offering first hand experiences
to children as the essential basis for such a search. First hand
experience: what matters to children is dedicated to Annabelle, who died
while the book was in press.
Mary Jane Drummond
is a writer, teacher
and researcher with an abiding interest in young children’s learning. She has
recently retired from the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge.
has taught both children and teachers. She is now
a freelance consultant in early years and primary education. Her mission is to
bring back creativity into children’s learning.
has been a teacher,
advisory teacher and university lecturer. She is now a freelance
education consultant, passionate about children and their capacity to learn
from their experiences of the real world.