Assistant Professor Andres Bustamante is first author of an article in the November issue of Child Development Perspectives: "Learning Landscapes: Where the Science of Learning Meets Architectural Design."
Bustamante A., Hassinger-Das, B., Hirsh-Pasek, K., Golinkoff, R. M. (2018). Learning landscapes: Where the science of learning meets architectural design. Child Development Perspectives. DOI: 10.1111/cdep.12309
Rich learning opportunities in and out of school are critical for children to develop positively. Learning Landscapes is a new initiative that marries the fields of urban design and developmental science to bring playful learning opportunities to places where children and families spend time. Through this initiative, we have transformed parks, bus stops, grocery stores, and other public places into venues for playful learning interactions. In this article, we review the research on these projects, and map the vision and next steps of this initiative. By bringing learning opportunities to children and families who need it most, our goal is to equip parents and educators with the contexts and tools they need to support all children in developing the skills for success in school and life.