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Opening Keynote Event with Professor Adele Diamond

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How and why dance, music, and storytelling might well support critical cognitive development in children and youth.

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This event will be on Zoom and Facebook Live.

Professor Adele Diamond, Canada Research Chair of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, shares insights into the importance of the arts and creativity for children’s cognitive development in this opening address.

About Professor Adele Diamond

Professor Diamond’s specialty is executive functions (e.g., self-control, problem-solving, mentally playing with ideas, thinking outside the box). She offers a markedly different perspective from traditional medical practice in hypothesising that treating physical health, without also addressing social and emotional health is less efficient or effective. Adele offers a markedly different perspective from mainstream education in hypothesising that focusing exclusively on training cognitive skills is less efficient, and ultimately less successful, than also addressing emotional, social, spiritual, and physical needs. She has championed the roles of music, dance, storytelling, and play in improving executive functions and academic and mental health outcomes. When not working, Adele loves to be with her 4-year-old granddaughter and to hike, play tennis, and especially dance.

View Dr. Diamond’s TEDx talk on the power of Executive Function and its impact on learning below:

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The Arts in Education Portal is the national digital resource of arts in education in Ireland. The portal is for teachers, artists, arts managers and anyone who is interested in the arts in education settings including primary, post-primary and early years.

 

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