Dr. Zeynep I. Ercan is an assistant professor in early childhood. She teaches courses related to pedagogy and curriculum of early childhood and elementary education (Birth to Grade 6). Dr. Ercan’s research agenda focuses on diversity of children, teachers, families and communities within the field of early childhood education (ages 0-8) and perspectives and pedagogies that respond to this contemporary context of early childhood education. In this national and international context, the main purpose of her research is providing advocacy for enabling third spaces where the voices, identities, and agencies of children, teachers, and families play an active role in the teaching and learning process in early childhood/elementary education. She particularly is interested in experiences of culturally and linguistically diverse children and their families. Dr. Ercan examines how innovative pedagogies and practices such as incorporating technology and science/literacy inquiry projects can respond to the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms. Through her publications and teaching, Dr. Ercan utilizes current theories and philosophies of teaching and learning in childhood education to guide professional development of teachers and supporting them in responding to this contemporary context including recent educational reform.
Dr. Ercan has been actively serving educational and academic communities in the local, regional, and national levels. She provides professional development and mentoring for early childhood and elementary educators to impact student learning and growth through long-term partnerships and workshops. She has recently been selected as the advisory board member of Center for the Excellence in Teaching and Learning at IPFW. She has been a co-liaison for the partnership between The Learning Community (TLC) Child Care Center and Preschool and IPFW. She is a member of American Educational Research Association, Association of Childhood Education International, National Association for the Education of Young Children, and National Association of Multicultural Education. Dr. Ercan is the recipient of 2011 CEPP Dean’s Faculty Accomplishment award, and 2010 Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs: Council of Diversity Award. Her most recent publications and presentations are available through IPFW library website.