Professor Robyn Gillies visits Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt - IDeA Centre

7 Mar 2019

Professor Robyn Gillies recently spent a week at Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt working with staff at the IDeA Centre – an interdisciplinary research centre with a focus on children’s learning and developmental processes (especially of children at-risk). The centre brings together scientists from various disciplines who cooperatively investigate children’s learning and developmental processes as well as the perspectives of educators, teachers, parents, and educational policy personnel.


The IDeA Centre incorporates experts from the fields of psychology, educational science, psycholinguistics, neuroscience, sociology, and psychoanalysis. The purpose of my invitation was to share my some of my research expertise with researchers in the centre and deliver a presentation on my current research on dialogic teaching and learning. Robyn was very impressed with the quality of the work the centre was undertaking, particularly their outreach initiatives into professional teacher learning and their engagement with the wider community generally. Robyn was inspired by the achievement of the centre’s personnel and came away with wealth of ideas that have the potential to be adapted and implemented here to enhance the wellbeing of students at-risk and teacher professional learning.