Saturday, Jul 21 2018 | Updated at 07:02 PM EDT

Stay Connected With Us F T R

Jan 18, 2017 09:37 AM EST

Being a Lego professor of play at Cambridge University is considered to be the most coveted job in the education industry today. The good news is they are still hiring until January 20. But what does this job really do?

The Lego Foundation is collaborating with Cambridge University's newly established Centre for Research on Play in Education, Development, and Learning or PEDAL to explore further the role of play in education.

According to Professor Anna Vignoles, interim chief of PEDAL and a member of Cambridge's education faculty, there are many claims regarding the importance and benefits of play in learning but there was not enough research to back that claim. Therefore, they are conducting in-depth research to find out if play has a significant effect in how students learn and how students enhance their skills through play.

Watch video

What the center is looking for is someone who specializes in the field of education psychology but at the same time, someone with a "childlike mindset." That means the chosen professor should be curious, creative, open-minded, and imaginative enough to explore new methods of research.

Vignoles said that they are confident they will attract someone - an outstanding scholar - since there are already a lot of interesting research in the area of developmental psychology and this is one of them.

Aside from spearheading the research, the professor is also expected to speak to the "needs that exist in education" including the methods teachers use, the attitude to play, and the expectations of parents. According to Lego's global head of research Stjerne Thomsen, they hope that the research will be able to fill the missing gaps and address existing questions regarding the value of play in education.

The Lego Foundation is fully committed to funding the endeavor but it will be Cambridge's PEDAL that will have the final say which candidate will be chosen. The toy company is putting £4 million with £2.5 million going into the position while £1.5 million will be given to the PEDAL center.

See Now: Facebook will use AI to detect users with suicidal thoughts and prevent suicide

Follows best job in the world, Lego Professor, Cambridge University Lego Professor of Play, Lego
© 2017 University Herald, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

Must Read

Controlling Robots With Brainwaves And Hand Gestures

Jun 23, 2018 AM EDTWhat if you can control robots with a simple flick of a finger? A team of experts is trying to make that a reality through this latest experiment.

Flavored Electronic Cigarettes Linked To Possible Cardiovascular Disease

Jun 16, 2018 AM EDTScientists from the Boston University School of Medicine looked into the effects of flavored e-cigarettes to the lining of blood vessels. Here are ...

LendingTree Study: Which Places Have the Most Student Debt?

May 31, 2018 AM EDTLendingTree outs its study that identifies places in the United States with the most student debt. Here's the complete list.

Best College Reviews Names 10 Best Master's in Biomedical Engineering Programs Online

May 31, 2018 AM EDTPlanning to pursue a master's degree in Biomedical Engineering? Here are some of the best online programs you need to consider.