Emis Akbari is a Professor at George Brown College in the School of Early Childhood and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development at OISE at the University of Toronto. In this video, she describes the value of using SECD resources, the range of learning opportunities, and student engagement.
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"Since 2008 I have used SECD to support the teaching of my graduate courses on the psychological foundations of early development and education. For the masters and doctoral students I teach, I have supplemented the SECD resource with empirical research articles, current events and lectures.
The “living” aspect of the text has meant that research methods and findings have been continuously updated over the years as the science has evolved. The expert videos of scientists discussing their research, and the videos of families, communities and practitioners in daily life with young children are a highlight for me and for students.
The five domains in the resource fit the ecological framework of early development that I use to organize my course. The links to related research readings and websites, personal stories, local and international communities of practice have enriched my teaching and have provided students with unlimited topics and research evidence for group discussions. It’s been a fantastic resource."
– Janette Pelletier, PhD, Professor Emerita, Applied Psychology and Human Development, Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study, OISE, University of Toronto.