Rachel Parker

Rachel Parker

Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Council for Educational Research

Rachel Parker is a Senior Research Fellow at ACER. She is currently working with the LEGO Foundation on key research about learning through play and global measures of play experiences. She also directs a six-year UNICEF-funded longitudinal study on children’s cognitive, social, and emotional skills and growth the Philippines. Rachel is an education and development specialist with near 20 years’ experience working across the Asia-Pacific region on educational improvement programs for development partners such as ADB, DFAT, UNICEF and World Bank.

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Learning through play – classroom examples
Learning through play – classroom examples

ACER researchers Dr Amy Berry, Kellie Picker and Rachel Parker discuss some of the characteristics of playful learning at school, share examples of classroom practice, and explain how Australian teachers can contribute to our understanding of learning through play in the classroom.

How can children learn through play at school?
How can children learn through play at school?

A new study by the LEGO Foundation explores how children can learn through play beyond the early years, in order to develop a holistic set of skills along with academic knowledge, to thrive and succeed in a rapidly changing world.