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Amita Gupta

Associate Professor
Doctoral Faculty: CUNY Graduate Center Fulbright Senior Research Scholar

School/Division

School of Education

Department

Teaching Learning and Culture: Graduate Early Childhood Education

Office

NA 5/209

p: 212-650-5199

e: agupta@ccny.cuny.edu

  • Profile

     Dr. Gupta has been in the field of early education for over twenty years and has extensive cross-cultural experience with school administration, teacher education, and classroom teaching in urban schools in both India and the U.S. Prior to joining CUNY she was Associate Director of an early education school on the Upper West Side for ten years. Dr. Gupta has served as an early childhood consultant and on the Board of Directors for schools in both countries, and continues to offer culturally responsive professional development consultations in the areas of school leadership, teacher preparation, curriculum design and development for schools, institutions and organizations in India and the U.S.

  • Education

     

    Ed.D. (Early Childhood Teacher Education): Columbia University, Teachers College
    M.A.  (Early Childhood Education): Columbia University, Teachers College
    M.A. (Literature in English): Annamalai University, India
    B.Ed. (Teaching of Biology and Chemistry): Delhi University, New Delhi, India
    B. Sc. (Botany and Chemistry): Delhi University, New Delhi, India  

  • Courses Taught

     

    Early Childhood Education and Postcolonial Theory

    Program and Curriculum in Early Childhood
    Social Studies in the Early Childhood Curriculum

    Observing and Recording the Behaviors of Young Children
    Supervision of Student Teaching in Early Childhood

    Developmental Issues in Early Childhood

  • Research Interests

     

    Dr. Gupta’s research interests are interdisciplinary and draw upon the fields of the history, philosophy and sociology of education; postcolonial theory; urban education; international and comparative education; and early childhood teacher education. Her scholarship is focused on teacher preparation with an emphasis on the themes of cross-cultural perspectives on teaching, learning, and development; socio-cultural-historical constructivism in teaching and learning; and the impact of globalization on teacher preparation and practice. The integration of these themes also appears in her teaching at the Masters and Doctoral levels.  As a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar she has conducted a multi-country examination of current directions in early education and urban teacher preparation policies in response to the effects of globalization in South Asia.

  • Publications

    Books

    Gupta, A. (2014). Diverse Early Childhood Education Policies and Practices: Voices and Images from Five Countries in Asia. New York, NY: Routledge.

    Gupta, A. (2013, 2nd ed). Early Childhood Education, Postcolonial Theory and Teaching Practices and Policies in India: Balancing Vygotsky and the Veda. Palgrave Macmillan.

    Gupta, A. (2007). Going to School in South Asia. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.

    Gupta, A. (2006). Early Childhood Education, Postcolonial Theory and Teaching Practices in India: Balancing Vygotsky and the Veda. Palgrave Macmillan.


    Book Chapters

    Gupta, A. (2013). Play: Early Childhood Pedagogies and Policies in a Globalizing Asia. In Lillemyr, O.F., Dockett, S. & Perry, B. (Eds.) Varied Perspectives of play and learning: Theory and research on early years’ education. Information Age Publishing Inc.

    Gupta, A. (2013). Incorporating teacher candidates’ prior beliefs and funds of knowledge in teaching about child development. In G. Wilgus (Ed.) Knowledge, pedagogy and post-multiculturalism:  Shifting the locus of learning in urban teacher education. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan Publishers.

    Gupta, A. (2012). Neoliberal globalization and pre-primary teacher education policy and practice in India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives. In D. Kapoor, B. Barua & A. Datoo (Eds.) Globalization, Culture and Education in South Asia: Critical Excursions. New York: Palgrave Macmillan Publishers.

    Gupta, A. (2011). Play and pedagogy framed within India’s historical, socio-cultural and pedagogical context. In S. Rogers (Ed.) Rethinking Play and Pedagogy in Early Childhood Education: Concepts, Contexts and Cultures. Oxford, UK: Routledge.

    Gupta, A. (2007). Introduction: culture, curriculum, and points of intersection. In A. Gupta (Ed.) Going to school in South Asia. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.

    Gupta, A. (2007). Going to school in India. In A. Gupta (Ed.) Going to school in South Asia.  Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.

    Latheef, M. & Gupta, A. (2007). Going to school in Maldives. In A. Gupta (Ed.) Going to school in South Asia. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.

    Articles in Published Journals

    Gupta, A. (2009). Vygotskian perspectives to enhance children’s development and balance creativity with structure in the early childhood classroom. Early Child Development and Care. 179 (8), 1041-1054.

    Gupta, A. (2008). Tracing global-local transitions within early childhood curriculum and practice in India. Research in Comparative and International Education. 3(3), pp. 266-279.

    Gupta, A. (2006). Early experiences and funds of knowledge and beliefs of immigrant and minority teacher candidates dialog with theories of child development in a teacher education classroom. Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education. 27(1), 3-18.

    Gupta, A. (2004). The challenge of working with large class size: Dispositions of early childhood teachers in India. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood. 5(3), 361-377.

    Gupta, A.  (2003). Socio-cultural-historical constructivism in the preparation and practice of early childhood teachers in New Delhi, India. Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education.  24(3), 163-170.

    Gupta, A. (2001). Implementing Change at the Pre-Primary level in a School in India. International Journal of Early Childhood.  33(1), 34-42.

    Book Reviews

    Gupta, A. (2010). Book Review: Liberalization’s children (R.A. Lukose). Comparative Education Review. 54(4), pp 605-607.

    Gupta, A. (2009). Book Review: History of Multicultural Education, Volume 6: Teachers and Teacher Education (Carl A. Grant and Thandeka K. Chapman). Teachers College Record, Date Published: December 01, 2009.

    Gupta, A. (2007). Book Review - The economics of elementary education in India: The challenge of public finance, private provision and household costs. The International Journal of Early Years Education. October 2007.

    Other Publications

    Gupta, A. (2011). Learning to Teach, Teaching to Learn. Editorial: European Early Childhood Education Research Journal.

    Gupta, A. (2010). Head Start. In T. C. Hunt, J. C. Carper, T. J. Lasley II, & C. D. Raisch (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Educational Reform and Dissent. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

    Gupta, A. (2007). Erikson’s psychosocial theory of development. In R. New & M. Cochran (Eds.) Early Childhood Education (Four volumes): An International Encyclopedia. Westport, CT: Praeger. Volume 2, pp. 347-348.

    Gupta, A. (2007). Erik Erikson: a biography. In R. New & M. Cochran (Eds.) Early Childhood Education (Four volumes): An International Encyclopedia. Westport, CT: Praeger. Volume 3, pp. 674-677.
     

  • Additional Information

    Invited Presentations

    National University for Educational Planning and Administration, New Delhi, India (July 2013). Symposium presentation: The Challenges and Concerns of implementing Child-centered Classrooms in Asia.

    Zhejiang University, China (Oct. 2010): Speaker, The Quest for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Asia and Pacific Region: Strategies and Responses of Higher Education. International Conference at the College of Education.

    Birmingham University, UK (Sept. 2010): Keynote Speaker, Knowledge and Voice in Early Childhood: Who knows, who speaks, who listens? Annual conference for EECERA (European Early Childhood Education Research Association).

    USIEF-Fulbright-Lady Irwin College Seminar on Early Childhood Education (2009): Preparing the Early Childhood Teacher to Effectively Address the Needs of the 21st Century: Perspectives from India and the US. New Delhi, India

    Cornell University: NYCAS Teacher Training Conference on Education (2009): Factors influencing teaching and learning within traditional and contemporary educational contexts in India and South Asia.

    Cornell University: NYCAS Teacher Training Conference on Education (2009): An alternative curriculum for early education: Classrooms that attempt to combine academic teaching with values teaching in child-centered ways.

    National Institute of Education at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (2009): An Urban Public Teacher Education Institute in New York City: Issues and Challenges. 

    National Institute of Education at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (2009): Extending the meaning of Multiculturalism: Undertaking Postcolonial Research in India.

    National Institute of Education at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (2009): Curriculum as shaped by multi- cultural influences in the postcolonial context.

    Fulbright Annual Conference (2009): Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood Education and Teacher Education. Pondicherry, India.

    EduRtreat/Multiple Intelligence Institute Video-Conference Panel with Howard Gardner (2009): Engaging with the Multiple Intelligence Theory for the 21st Century. Ahmedabad, India.

    Other Invited Book Talks/Presentations

    The Gottesman Libraries at Teachers College, Columbia University (Sept. 2013): Book Talk on Early childhood education, postcolonial theory and teaching practices and policies in India: Balancing Vygotsky and the Veda, 2nd edition.

    Columbia University, Teachers College (April 2013). Speaker for the panel on Early Childhood Education at the Conference Education in South Asia: Looking beyond 2015 

    Columbia University Seminar series on Law and Politics (Jan. 2012):Transforming education in India: Excellence, Expansion and Inclusion: Current challenges and reforms in the climate of globalization and neo-liberalism.

    Columbia University, Teachers College (Nov. 2010). Speaker, Emerging Education Issues in South Asia.

    Columbia University, NYC (April 2010). Speaker, International Development Seminar Series: Current trends in early education and teacher education policy and practice in South Asia.

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