Psychology and Child Development

College of Liberal Arts

Denise Daniels

Denise Daniels

Professor

Contact Information

Education

  • Ph.D., Education, Developmental Studies, University of California, Los Angeles
  • M.A., Human Development, Pacific Oaks College, Pasadena, CA
  • B.A., Developmental Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara

Courses Taught

  • CD 102 Orientation to the Child Development Major
  • CD 329 Research Methods in Child Development
  • CD 350 Developmental Issues in Education
  • CD 401 Perspectives on Childhood and Adolescent Development
  • CD 431 Assessing Children's Development and Environments

Research Interests

My research focuses on three related areas: (1) the development of children’s self-understandings and motives to learn; (2) the relation between adults’ psychological understandings (e.g., beliefs about development) and their provision of learning experiences for children; and (3) the effects of early school experiences on children’s motivation and well-being. My research has been guided by an ecological perspective, which emphasizes how adults create contexts that shape and are shaped by children. It has inspired my involvement in community and state endeavors to establish guidelines for the professional development of early childhood educators, and expand high quality programs and services for young children and their families.

 

Selected Publications/Professional Activities

  • Daniels, D. (2015, March). The role of persistence in early school adjustment. Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Daniels, D. (2014). Children's affective orientations in preschool and their initial adjustment in kindergarten. Psychology in the Schools, 51, 256-272. doi 10.1002/pits.21748.
  • Daniels, D. (2011). Supporting early school success. [Special issue:  The Transition Years].  Educational Leadership, 68(7), 18-22.     [invited] 
  • Daniels, D. & Clarkson, P. (2010).  A developmental approach to educating young children. APA Educational Psychology Division/Corwin Press.
  • McCombs, B., Daniels, D., & Perry, K. (2008).  Children's and teachers’ perceptions of learner-centered practices and motivation: Implications for early schooling.  The Elementary School Journal, 109, 16-35.
  • Meece, J., & Daniels, D. (2008). Child and adolescent development for educators (3rd ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill.

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