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Talks at Twelve: Shira Peterson, Thursday, January 19, 2012

 

Exploring Readiness to Change in the Early Care and Education Workforce
Shira Peterson, Research Associate, Children’s Institute

Thursday, January 19, 2012
12:15 – 1:15PM
Beebe Hall, 2nd floor conference room



The concept of “readiness to change” is now widely integrated in fields such as substance abuse and health behavior change, yet it has not been applied in the context of early care and education, where pervasive low-quality care threatens children’s potential for positive development and well-being. Dr. Peterson will outline key principles from theory and research on readiness to change, and will describe how a structured approach to “meeting people where they are” could be an essential missing link in early childhood quality improvement efforts.

Shira Peterson, Ph.D., is a research associate at Children’s Institute, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to strengthening children’s social and emotional health. Dr. Peterson’s research focuses on supporting early educators and caregivers of young children, particularly in ways that recognize and respond to adults’ “stages of change.”

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