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Research

Research
Excellent play's accreditation of toys, play implements and learning products is founded on the research of Jørn Martin Steenhold, C.Phil. His research has resulted, among other things, in the development of The Knowledge Wheel© and the 10 skills associated with it.
The Knowledge Wheel© is designed and based on research into children's learning through play using toys and other implements. Jørn Martin Steenhold's research is ongoing and consistently updated.


The Knowledge Wheel©
Knowledge wheels are representative of a holistic approach to understanding child development through play and learning.
The Knowledge Wheel© was developed as a visualisation of the creative activities and experimental play and learning processes that best stimulate the development of children’s and adolescents' many intelligences and competences.
The knowledge wheels substantiate children's mental and physical development in the following areas:

- knowledge and recognition
- sensory perception
- creativity
- narrative
- handling tools
- using toys
- understanding games
- play and innovation
- socialisation and development
- moulding, drawing
- artistic expression
- handiwork, crafts expression
 
The knowledge wheels are tools by which to analyse, evaluate and innovate.
There is documentation and further information about the Knowledge Wheel© on this website.


Intelligence, competence, knowledge and wisdom

Our intelligence is our capacity to learn. Competence and knowledge are the things we learn.
When we learn, we become wiser. Wisdom is having the capacity to apply what we have learned.


International recognition

The Knowledge Wheel© and Jørn Martin Steenhold's research are internationally recognised. Jørn Martin Steenhold is an active member of several international play and learning research networks.
The Knowledge Wheel© is used in all of the following countries and translated into the appropriate languages: Sweden, Norway, Germany, UK, Faeroe Islands, Russia and Spain.


Other approaches to overall child development

The knowledge wheel represents a holistic approach to child development. Accreditation is therefore an ideal foundation, which can be used to form the basis of an assessment of the toy regardless of educational observance.