How one university is teaching through the coronavirus outbreak

edsurge | February 14, 2020

In 2015, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) had just embarked on its first research project to understand the attitudes, perceptions and beliefs of likely voters about early childhood education, and specifically the role of early childhood educators. As part of the project, we conducted a series of focus groups with current educators and individuals interested in entering the field. Sitting behind a two-way mirror during one of these focus groups, I observed our facilitator skillfully engaging 12 panelists who had been identified as potential recruits to the early childhood education field. The panelists were animatedly explaining why they would love to be early childhood educators.

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