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Joan Pedro Presents at Oxford Roundtable on Childhood Education

Joan Pedro and URI Colleague Susan BrandENHP’s Joan Pedro, associate dean of undergraduate studies and community affairs and associate professor, was invited to present at the Oxford Round Table on Childhood Education held March 11-15, 2012 at the Harris Manchester College of Oxford University. Her paper, entitled “Teacher Knowledge and Dispositions towards Parents and Families: Rethinking Influences and Education of Early Childhood Pre-Service Teachers,” explored the various ways that pre-service teachers are exposed to information on parents and families and the issues related to pre-service teachers’ knowledge and dispositions on the importance of working with families as an integral part of the education of children. Survey data on teacher knowledge and dispositions gathered from 8 universities and community colleges informed the study. The paper also presented a curricular approach that emphasizes the importance of preparing early childhood educators which takes into account the social capital of pre-service teachers and the opportunities for learning about and working with families.

Pictured:  Joan Pedro (right) with URI colleague, Susan Brand

To discuss this presentation, contact Joan Pedro at 860.768.4695 or