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Elizabeth Wood
Elizabeth Wood


Dr Elizabeth Wood is Professor of Education at the University of Sheffield. Her research interests include play in early childhood and across the lifespan, specifically children’s social relationships, and how they exercise choice and agency. She is interested in play and learning, and how adults interact with children to support their play. Her recent research looks at how children blend traditional and digital forms of play, and the potential that this offers for developing new forms of play. Elizabeth’s work on play has involved hospital play specialists, play therapists, museum educators and video games designers. She is hoping to use this work with the Eureka! community to consider how digital play can enhance the experience of visitors.

As a trustee of Eureka! Elizabeth brings experience of leadership and management in higher education. She will be especially interested in relationships within the extended community, how professionals work collaboratively in the best interests of young people, and young peoples’ voices, decisions and perspectives.

Her published books include:

  • Wood, E. (2013) Play, Learning and the Early Childhood Curriculum, London, Sage (3rd edition)
  • Broadhead, P., Howard, J. & Wood, E. (Eds) (2010) Play and learning in the early years, from research to practice, London, Sage

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