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Lifetime achievement award for dedicated professor

A career-long commitment to educating children in the Froebelian tradition has resulted in Professor Tina Bruce being presented with a lifetime achievement award by the highly respected Nursery World publication.

Posted: 21 October 2014

Professor Bruce, who specialises in Early Childhood Studies, is a visiting professor at the University of Roehampton. She received the accolade during the magazine’s annual awards night in central London.

During her lengthy career, Professor Bruce has written or edited 29 books, and she remains well-known for her 10 Principles of Early Childhood, published in 1987, and her 12 Features of Play, published five years later.

Writing in praise of Professor Bruce’s work in Nursery World magazine, early years’ consultant Stella Louis said: “One of the most important things about Tina is her natural ability to support and empower others.” Tina has become part of the history of play, her work has become important in influencing current thinking and curriculum development in the early years foundation stage.”

University of Roehampton Deputy Provost, Professor Ann MacLarnon, said “Congratulations to Tina, her award is very well deserved, and further proof that research at Roehampton is making a very significant contribution to people’s overall understanding of children’s lives. This University is one of the biggest providers of education training in the country, and we’re proud to have people doing work of such high quality and setting the standards in early childhood studies.

“Over the years our students, and those at universities up and down the country, will have read and learnt from Tina’s work; her substantial output has helped a generation of teachers to more fully understand how children develop, which is very beneficial, and must be hugely rewarding.”

As well as her work for Roehampton, Professor Bruce has also been the lead research fellow in a Froebel Trust funded project in Soweto, South Africa, for eight years, working with children and families with HIV and aids.

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