Introducing Mine Conkbayir – Neuroscience and Early Childhood Education Expert

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Mine Conkbayir is the author of Early Childhood Theories and Contemporary Issues (Bloomsbury, 2014) and Early Childhood and Neuroscience: Theory, Research and Implications for Practice (Bloomsbury, 2017). She has worked in the field of early childhood education for over 17 years and is currently undertaking a PhD in early childhood education and neuroscience to further her work in this complex and challenging subject of infant brain development. Mine is a lecturer, author and training director for the Membership Body, National Early Years Trainers and Consultants (NEyTCO). Mine is also a sought-after public speaker at all the major early years conferences and shows, as well as podcasts and regular writing for all the major early years and education magazines. She lives in London with her partner, writer and comedian Paul Whitehouse.

Mine believes neuroscience provides us with the cutting edge data that when used appropriately can support parents – and those working with our youngest citizens to consider the whole child: how their earliest experiences and relationships impact the level of the brain, their consequent behaviour and ultimately their ability to thrive in life.

Mine is passionate about respect for babies and children she thinks this would be a far better, happier place if adults afforded our younger citizens a greater respect, giving them more time and patience to explore and express themselves without fear of reprimand and ridicule. In line with this, she is a passionate believer in individuals speaking up for those who are unable to do this for themselves!

She is very interested in neuroscience and its potential to help inform early childhood care and education. Although it is still considered a burgeoning discipline, it is continuing to develop and expand. She is hopeful that one day we will see many of the existing neuro-myths and their associated misinformed practices disappear: which can only happen when the gap between neuroscience and education closes. 


By Mine Conkbayir

Early Childhood and Neuroscience is a practical guide to understanding the complex and challenging subject of neuroscience and its use (and misapplication) in early childhood policy and practice. The author begins by introducing the definition and history of neuroscience. The reader is then led through structured chapters discussing questions such as: Why should practitioners know about neuroscience? How can neuroscience help practitioners better provide for babies and children? and Is it relevant? Topics covered include the nature vs. nurture debate through the lens of neuroscience, epigenetics, the first 1001 days and a discussion on just how critical the first three years of life are to healthy brain development. The book provides a balanced overview of the debates by weaving discussion on the opportunities of using neuroscience in early childhood practice with examination of the limitations and ethical implications throughout the chapters. This enables students to inform their own opinions about the discipline and its use in their future practice. Clear explanations of the main terms and theories are complemented with illustrative case studies of cutting-edge research from around the world, a glossary of key terms and suggestions for further reading. Reflective discussion questions give students the chance to apply their theoretical knowledge to real-world contexts. These features encourage and support independent critical thinking, helping students to reflect on, evaluate and analyse a range of ideas, research findings and applications for their own future early childhood practice. Early Childhood and Neuroscience is essential reading for lecturers, undergraduate and postgraduate students in the field as well as for the new practitioner.

Click here to purchase Mine’s Book from the NEyTCO online store.

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