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SUB-CATEGORY: Early Childhood EducationClear

Elizabeth DeMulder

Associate Professor of Initiatives in Educational Transformation

Expertise: Early childhood development and education, Immigrant perspectives and cultural conflicts in education, teacher professional development

DeMulder is director and associate professor of Initiatives in Educational Transformation (IET) in the Graduate School of Education's Master's in New Professional Studies - Teaching Program. DeMulder's research concerns the study of interpersonal relationships in educational contexts and risk and protective conditions in children's development and early education. She is involved in community-based action research in South Arlington, where she developed a family-centered preschool program for low-income, immigrant families as a university/community partnership. DeMulder co-edited a book entitled Transforming Teacher Education: Lessons in Professional Development (Bergin and Garvey, 2001) and has published her research in a variety of professional journals.

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Julie Kidd

Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education

Expertise: Languge and literacy, Childrens cognitive abilities,

Kidd is an Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Education at George Mason University (Mason) and is currently Coordinator of the Early Childhood Education program. She teaches in the Early Childhood Education and Literacy programs.

 Kidd's research is focused on preparing teachers who have the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to work with culturally, linguistically, socio-economically, and ability diverse children and their families. She is especially interested in home-school-community collaborations as well as collaborative efforts among teacher interns. In addition, she is currently engaged in research on promoting abstract thinking in young children as well as research related to language and literacy development.

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Anastasia Samaras

Professor of Education

Expertise: Self-study research, Qualitative methodologies, teacher education, Curriculum and Instruction; Early childhood education

Anastasia P. Samaras is a Professor of Education in the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University. She is a pedagogical scholar with extensive teaching and publishing activity directly related to her signature work in the self-study research methodology, including Self-Study Teacher Research. Anastasia is recipient of the Dissertation Research Award, University of Virginia, the Outstanding Scholar Award, University of Maryland, a Fulbright Scholar, and a visiting scholar at the University of Iceland, Vrije University, Victoria University, University of Ioannina, University of KwaZulu-Natal, and Beijing Normal University. She serves as Academic Program Coordinator of the Secondary Education Program, Chair of the Self-Study of Teacher Education Special Interest Group, and co-facilitator of Self-Study Scholars’ Collaborative (S3C) on the Visually Rich Digital Learning Environment. Her research centers on designing and studying Neo-Vygotskian-based applications in transdisciplinary professional practice, including her own.  

Stephen White

Professor of Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning

Expertise: Cognitive development, Teacher development, Problem solving in young children

White is a Professor in the Graduate School of Education at George Mason University. He currently serves as Director of the Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning (ASTL) Program and teaches in the literacy program, the ASTL core course sequence and the ASTL early childhood concentration.

White's research interests focus on the strategies young children use to solve reasoning problems and teacher development. His research has addressed young children's abilities to solve analogy problems and the effects of teaching young children to solve these problems. In addition, White has conducted investigations that examine teacher beliefs and practices toward early literacy and mathematics instruction.

White also serves on the editorial board of Early Education and Development and has consulted extensively with schools and community agencies on early childhood curriculum and program development. He currently serves as a consultant on a school district effort to develop and implement a kindergarten mathematics assessment.