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Student Engagement at the Center for Early Childhood Education

The CECE has a strong commitment to providing Eastern students with meaningful, relevant work that enhances their overall education, prepares them for post-college employment, and contributes to student retention. Read descriptions of student projects below.

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Research Assistance (ongoing)

Each year the Center recruits students to assist with one or more research studies, including the annual TIMPANI toy study. Student researchers videotape teachers and children, code interactions, test faculty-developed evaluation tools, and analyze data. Student researchers have co-published with faculty their research findings, and have also presented findings with faculty at national conferences, including at the Professional Development Institute of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and at the American Educational Research Association conference. Read descriptions of individual student research projects.

Internships for Communication Students (ongoing)

Under the direction of Production Specialist Ken Measimer and Dr. Denise Matthews, the CECE hosts at least two Communication interns each year. Past projects for Communication interns have included doing videography and video editing work on Guiding Young Children's Behavior, assisting in the development of e-clips, doing script-writing and editing for the Early Childhood Insights audio podcast series, and doing finish editing for the early literacy video Inspiring Lessons.

Community Partners for Early Literacy (2008-2011)

Thirty-eight students from a variety of disciplines were hired over three years to assist in the Community Partners for Early Literacy project. Students conducted language and early literacy assessments on preschoolers, provided child care for family literacy nights, organized and distributed literacy lending kits for children to take home, and served as substitute teachers while teachers and paraprofessionals attended grant-sponsored trainings. Student assessors received professional-level training in administering standardized assessment tools. Students serving as substitutes received in-classroom modeling and training from lead teachers on early childhood teaching practices. Read a summary of students' reflections on the work experience and how it enhanced their education.

Partnerships with Faculty in Other Departments (periodic)

The Center periodically partners with faculty in other disciplines to give students meaningful projects as part of their coursework.  Past projects have included the following:

  • Fall 2009: Eight students enrolled in Martin Seymour's Digital Photography course (COM 310) took photos of students and faculty engaged in the Center's Community Partners for Early Literacy project. Several photos taken by these students appear on the Center's website.
  • Fall 2008: Students enrolled in Dr. Sharon Butler's Graphic Design II course (ART 204) designed logos for two Center projects. The logo used for the CPEL project was designed by student Sofia Nicander.


Photo Credits (all Eastern students)

1. Christina Ciacci

2, 5. Chris Gemske

4. Aaron Zambarano