Collaborations with the Center for Excellence in Early Childhood.  Studies at the University of Florida - Building Research Capacity

Project Description:

Massey staff member Tara McLaughlin is a collaborating partner with colleagues at University of Florida in the Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies. Several joint research activities and collaborations are underway with plans to strengthen and grow research activities in New Zealand.  As part of these collaborations Massey University hosted Professor Patricia Snyder  in 2015 as visiting Professor.  In 2016, Tara McLaughlin has been invited to University of Florida as a visiting scholar to engage in research activities with support and mentorship of Professor Patricia Snyder and Professor James Algina.

Professor Patricia Snyder, Ph.D. is the founding director of the University of Florida Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies. She is the inaugural occupant of the David Lawrence Jr. Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Studies; a Professor of Special Education and Early Childhood Studies in the School of Special Education, School Psychology, and Early Childhood Studies, College of Education; and an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine and the Institute of Child Health policy at the University of Florida.

Dr. James Algina, Ed.D., is a Professor of Research and Evaluation Methodology (REM), College of Education. He is a co-author of Classical and Modern Test Theory (1986), a UF Research Foundation Professor, a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association, and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 5).  He is a core faculty member and serves on the leadership team for the Anita Zucker Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies. 


Funding Body:

Massey University

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Project Team:

Tara McLaughlin

Professor Patricia Snyder

Dr. James Algina

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