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Kirsten Cole is a teacher, researcher, and parent based in Brooklyn, NY. Her research interests include the study of teachers’ lives, the relationship between families and teachers, mentorship and collaboration among teachers in early childhood classrooms, and anti-bias education. Cole has the pleasure to teach and learn from her students and colleagues as an Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education at BMCC.
Early Childhood Education
- M.F.A. California College of the Arts, Textiles,1999
- Ph.D. CUNY – Graduate Center, Urban Education,2013
- This course provides an overview of the social context of early care and education. It focuses on the historical, philosophical, sociological, and political foundations of programs for young children, birth to eight years. The following topics will be explored in depth: Historical and contemporary theories of early childhood education, multicultural and social ecological factors in early care and schooling, particularly for diverse urban settings; early childhood programming; family and community involvement; advocacy, trends and current issues in early childhood practice. This course requires 30 hours of fieldwork. Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in ECE 110
- This course is an introduction to the theories, methods and materials of curriculum planning in early childhood education (preschool to 2nd grade), with an emphasis on providing developmentally and culturally appropriate learning environments and experiences that encourage creativity in young children. The following topics are explored in depth: the intellectual and emotional importance of fostering creativity, the role of play in learning, the design of effective arts-based learning environments; the role of visual arts, music, movement and language arts/emergent literacy in developing children?s cognitive, social-emotional, physical, language and self-help skills. Course work includes workshops in planning and implementing creative arts experiences for your children.
Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in ECE 110
- This is a fieldwork course focusing on the observation and assessment of young children. It requires supervised participation in an assigned early childhood education setting (preschool to second grade) and attendance at a weekly seminar. Students will learn the appropriate use of assessment and observation strategies to document the development, growth, play and learning of young children; and how authentic assessment methods can be used to tailor curriculum to promote children?s success. Recording strategies, rating systems, child studies/portfolios, and various assessment tools are explored. Students spend a minimum of 60 hours in the field. Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in ECE 210 and ECE 211
Research and Projects
- Examining Intrinsic and Extrinsic Factors Impacting Men?s Decisions to Teach: A comparative study of men in Early Childhood (ECE/UPK) settings and school-based programs.
Professor Cole and colleagues from the Teacher Education Department have received a $315,000 grant from the Foundation for Child Development. Professor Cole serves as one of the study?s Co-PIs in conducting a two-year research project that began in the fall of 2016 and will run through the spring of 2018.
- Joy in the Making: Young Children and the Visual Arts – chapter in Young Children and the Arts. Ed. Carol Korn-Buzstyn.,Information Age Publishing
- Breaking Down Silos: Teaching for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Across Disciplines,Humboldt Journal of Social Relations. Issue 39
- Power Parents and the Gentrification of the PTA. Peer-reviewed book chapter published in Women Education Scholars and Their Childrena??s Schooling. ,Routledge Research in Education
- Becoming Upended: Teaching and Learning about Race and Racism with Young Children and Their Families,Young Children Journal, National Assn. for the Education of Young Children