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13:00 - 14:00 21 September 2016

Early years intervention, evidence-based policy, and the crisis of replicability


G5 | 9-11 Endsleigh Gardens (link Map)
London | WC1H 0ED | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

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Professor Rosalind Edwards, Southampton University
Professor Val Gilles, Goldsmiths University

We highlight some critical issues in the way that an issue is framed as a problem in policy-making and the consequent means of taming that problem, to focus on the use and implications of brain science claims in early years intervention policy and practice. We will look at the contradictory set of motifs framing the state of ‘evidence’ of what works in intervention in the early years, and the (mis)use of neuroscientific images and discourse to frame deficient parenting as causing inequalities and support particular policy directions. We consider the politics of evidence about early years intervention in the context of what has been referred to as the crisis of replicability, affecting neuroimaging and evaluation studies of parenting interventions. We will also address the way that that using expedient brain claims as a framing and taming justification for early years policy is entrenching gendered and classed understandings and inequalties.


Dylan Kneale
+44 (0)20 7612 6020 | D.Kneale@ucl.ac.uk

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