Desarrollo Temprano y Educación

Equipo de investigación de la Facultad de Psicología de la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM, España)

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PRESENTATION OF THE TEAM

Early Development

and Education

DETEDUCA is a research team of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid created in 2011. It is made up of a multidisciplinary team of developmental psychologists, educational psychologists, teachers, early childhood care teams, musicians and professionals in social science didactics. It maintains cooperative relationships with international research teams in Latin America, France, England and Switzerland.

Its main interest is the study of early development in everyday contexts, such as the home and the nursery school. The studies carried out are based on the theoretical-epistemological perspective of Object Pragmatics and have the following characteristics in common:

  • They understand that objects, as material culture, are used in everyday life to do things
  • They argue that objects are also used to communicate
  • The unit of analysis is the triadic interaction child-adult-object
  • They use the method of microgenetic analysis
  • They carry out longitudinal studies that account for development
  • Their studies are situated in everyday contexts that guarantee the ecological validity of the research.
  • They focus on processes rather than outcomes.

Ongoing Research

The team is currently developing the project Origin and development of cognitive control and educational action in 0-1 and 1-2 classrooms: A pragmatic perspective.

The general objective of the project is to study the origin and early manifestations of Executive Functions, Cognitive Control and Self-Regulation in early childhood classrooms in Madrid, Spain.

This objective is approached from three fundamental areas of early development, which are the birth and organisation of:

  1. Intentional behaviour, i.e. the goal setting and the means and processes necessary to achieve them.;
  2. Intentional communication through gestures and its relationship to early self-regulation;
  3. Early categorisations and the pragmatic origin of concepts, necessary for self-regulation.

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The Pragmatics of the Object

It is a theoretical perspective that originated in the Geneva School in the 1980s. It defends the need to give a pragmatic turn to the understanding of objects and their uses when studying early development.

Objects are not just a “physical reality”: (1) they are part of a cultural tradition, (2) they are subject to conventional rules of use of varying semiotic complexity and (3) they are protagonists in communicative exchanges as we communicate about and through them.

It is important to distinguish between objects and their uses, i.e. what is done with them. Functional uses are evident to adults but not to children. Their understanding is a progressive construction that is achieved through mediation by others. Adults use a variety of semiotic mediators with which they progressively introduce the child to the conventional uses of objects. The uses of objects are conceived as a privileged place for communication and the construction of meanings during the first years of life..

In its studies, the Pragmatics of the Object focuses on the analysis of the semiotic systems at play in communicative-educational processes. Its unit of observation is the triadic child-object-adult interactions and it is especially interested in the sign systems that provide the child with the possibility of communicating with others and with him/herself, and which function as instruments of thought..

Research Lines

 
ORIGIN AND EARLY DEVELOPMENT OF EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONS

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ORIGIN AND DEVELOPMENT OF GESTURES AND THEIR FUNCTIONS

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EDUCATIONAL ACTION IN NURSERY SCHOOLS

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USES OF OBJECTS AND EARLY COMMUNICATION IN AUTISM

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DEVELOPMENT OF OBJECT CONCEPTS IN CHILDHOOD

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DEVELOPMENT OF THE TYPES OF USES OF OBJECTS AND INSTRUMENTS

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RHYTHMIC-SONORUS SEMIOTIC SYSTEMS IN EARLY DEVELOPMENT

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DEVELOPMENT OF THE NUMBER IN THE THIRD YEAR OF LIFE

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Our Team

 

Cintia Rodríguez Garrido

Team Coordinator

Principal Investigator | University Professor

 

José Luis De los Reyes

D. in Philosophy and Letters (Geography and history) | Associate Professor UAM

 

María Jesús Del Olmo

D. in Psychological Development, Learning and Education: Contemporary Perspectives. | Associate Professor UAM

 

Pedro Palacios

Professor and Researcher C | BUAA

 

Ángeles Medina

Early Childhood Education Teacher | Colmenar – Tres Cantos Early Attention Team Counselor | Associate Professor UAM

 

Iván Moreno Llanos

PhD Student | Research Assistant | Psychologist

 

Irene Guevara de Haro

PhD Student | Research Technician | Psychologist

 

Laura Zapardiel

PhD Student | Predoctoral researcher

 

Julia Benassi

PhD Student |

 

Nicolás Alessandroni

FPU Contract | Teaching and Research Staff in Training

 

Rosa Elena Barrantes

Educational Counselor | PhD Student | Psychologist and Psychopedagogue

 

Noemí Yuste

Early Childhood Education Teacher | PhD in Psychology | Psychologist

 

Karina Cárdenas

PhD in Psychology | Professor and Researcher at Universidad de Chile

 

Gabriela Sousa de Melo Mieto

PhD in Psychology | Professor and researcher at the Universidade de Brasília

 

Gonzalo Flecha

Early Childhood Education Teacher and Psychopedagogist

Upcoming Events

Every year DETEDUCA participates in a series of national and international scientific dissemination events, with the aim of publicizing the most recent results of its research.

These events are usually aimed at a diverse audience of researchers, psychology and education professionals, teachers, parents and students, among others.

The events are composed of Congresses, Seminars, Research Conferences, Workshops and specialized courses.

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Colaboration

The team collaborates with several universities, research teams and organizations focused on education and early childhood.

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