Margaret Clark
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Margaret Clark

Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education
Department of Education
  • PhD, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • MA, Sonoma State University
  • BA, Williams College
860.768.5576
margclark@hartford.edu
Clark, Margaret

Teaching Focus

Assistant Professor Clark’s work focuses on the social and emotional development of the child and how families, educators, and policy makers can foster that growth. She teaches courses in child development, authentic assessment of the whole child, multicultural children’s literature, and a survey of contemporary topics in the field of early childhood education. In addition, she supervises early childhood student educators in their teaching fieldwork.

Professional Interests

Clark’s professional interests are focused on research and projects that nurture the healthy development of young children and provide support to the adults that care for and educate them. She is interested in how early childhood educators, and the care that they provide, is both visible and invisible in the current educational, political, and sociocultural environment. 

Her most recent research focused on a collaborative inquiry-based approach to professional development with early childhood educators. Using a design-based methodology, she explored how a group of educators engaged in collective inquiry, made meaning of educational theory and research, and supported one another in this setting. This study demonstrated how a group of educators from a diverse range of classroom cultures and pedagogies worked together to form a network of support and collaboration, what Gorodetsky and Barak (2008) define as an “edge community of practice.”

In addition to her research, Clark advises nonprofit organizations, philanthropic foundations, and public policy initiatives that promote prenatal care for families and children, the social and emotional development of young children, and literacy initiatives both in and outside of the classroom setting.

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