Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education
1035 Hunter West
Dr. Peters is an early childhood educator interested in promoting the voices and perspectives of members of the early childhood community that are often subverted or excluded from research and policy, particularly those of children, parents (or other family members), and early childhood professionals.
She earned her Ph.D. from the Arizona State University Mary Lou Fulton Institute and Graduate School of Education. Her tenure at Arizona State University provided numerous opportunities to work with a number of early childhood professionals in various disciplines, including Special Education, Psychology, Family and Human Development, Speech and Hearing Sciences, and Childhood Studies.
Professor Peters is currently teaching a graduate course on early childhood curriculum, birth through 2nd grade. Her previous university teaching includes undergraduate courses in Social Studies, Education Policy, Home, School and Community Partnerships, and Emerging Language and Literacy.
Professor Peters is an advocate for children's rights-based research, emphasizing the perspectives of younger people in her scholarship. In addition, she follows various lines of inquiry with the intention of bringing together the pedagogical, programmatic, and political aspects of early childhood. As such, her research interests are broad, and also include the examination of the viewpoints, and decision-making processes, of parents, family members, as well as early childhood professionals
Early in her doctoral program, she was awarded a federally funded predoctoral fellowship with the interdisciplinary program, "Focusing on Families and Their Young Children with Disabilities in the Southwest Borderlands." She also worked on a statewide mixed-methodological evaluation project examining Arizona's efforts to build a more comprehensive system of early care and education. In addition, she worked in collaboration with a team of researchers statewide to study the child care needs of families living across communities in Arizona. Her current work is specifically focused on children's perceptions of the transition to kindergarten, as well as their viewpoints on participating in school routines during their first year of formally recognized education. This research is grounded in sociocultural theories that help in understanding the ways that children's perspectives are nested within broader societal contexts.
Dr. Peters' involvement in professional service includes reviewing manuscripts for various early childhood journals, as well as reviewing conference proposal submissions for the Critical Perspectives on Early Childhood Education SIG of AERA. In addition, she has served as the program committee co-chair for the 2011 RECE annual meeting held in London, UK. She sits on the board of the Jirani Project, a non-profit organization supporting vulnerable children in Kenya.