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Miss Maria Ahumada Medina
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Appointment
  • Student
  • IOE - Social Research Institute
  • UCL Institute of Education
Biography

I started my journey as an Early Years Educator, teaching children between 4 to 6 years old in a public school in Chile. Then I moved to New York City and study a master in Developmental Psychology at Columbia University to learn more about the impact of the environment and interactions on children's learning and development. 

Parallelly, I have been always working with children in my role of Early Childhood Educator in Chile, California, and New York City. My latest job related to this field was promoting positive and enrich interactions between caregivers and 0-to-3 years old children. 

Research Themes
Research Summary

My main research interest is young children development and learning. I have participate in different investigations related to early mathematics development, transitions in early childhood, cognitive and language development, and adult-child interactions. Specifically, I participated as Research Assistant in different labs in the US:

  • Lab for the Developing Mind (NYU).
  • Language and Cognitive Development (Columbia University).
  • Development and Research in Early Math Education (Stanford University).
  • Latino Family Engagement and Language Development (NYU).
Currently I am expanding my research interest to social sciences. More specifically I am focused on perceptions of childhood and parenting in different ethnic communities.

Teaching Summary

Postgraduate Teaching Assistant.

Module: How People Learn.
Education, Practice, and Society.
Institute of Education. UCL.

Lecturer
Module: How Infants Learn Science.
Department of Education.
Universidad de Los Andes.


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