Tina Durand

Wheelock College Associate Professor of Human Development Tina DurandAssociate Professor of Human Development
Email: tdurand@wheelock.edu
Phone: 617-879-2254
Office: Activities East 223G

Educational Degrees

B.A. (Early Childhood) 1990, Boston College
M.Ed. (Curriculum and Instruction) 1999, Lesley University
Ph.D. (Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology) 2005, Boston College

Tina Durand has worked in both rural and suburban public schools as a classroom teacher and Early Childhood Specialist. Her research interests regard ecological factors associated with the early adaptation and success of Latino children and families in schools, ethnic and class-based differences in parental involvement in children's learning, and children living in poverty. She is also interested in cultural interpretations of human development, and issues of race and class in child and family studies.

Current Research and Service Learning Projects

  • She recently completed a research project at a two-way bilingual school in Roxbury, MA, where she examined parental involvement among Latino families of preschool and kindergarten children.
  • She is also the co-leader of an interdisciplinary service-learning experience, Cross-Cultural Service Learning in Puerto Rico, and has taken two groups of Wheelock students to the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to explore educational and social work settings, social and community organizations, and cultural and historical sites. The next service trip is planned for the spring of 2012.

Selected Publications

  • Durand, T. M. (2011). Latina mothers' cultural beliefs about their children, parental roles, and education: Implications for effective and empowering home-school partnerships. The Urban Review, 43(2), 255-278. DOI 10.1007/s11256-010-0167-5.
  • Durand, T. M. (2010). Latina mothers school preparation activities and their relation to children's literacy skills in kindergarten. Journal of Latinos and Education, 9(3), 207-222.
  • Durand, T. M. (2010). Celebrating diversity in early care and education settings: Moving beyond the margins. Early Child Development and Care, 180(7), 835-848.
  • Adelabu, D., Durand, T. M., & Jenkins-Scott, J. (2010). Full service community schools. In V. Washington & JD. Andrews (Eds.), Children of 2020: Creating a better tomorrow (pp. 13-18). Washington, DC: NAEYC.
  • Hauser-Cram, P., Durand, T. M. , & Warfield, M.E. (2007). Early feelings about school and later Academic outcomes of children with special needs living in poverty. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 22(2), 161-172.

Selected Presentations

  • Durand, T.M. (2011, April). Sources of continuity and variability in the parental involvement beliefs and practices of Latino families of young children. In T.M. Durand (Chair), Diverse conceptions of parental involvement and advocacy among Latino families of school-aged children. Paper symposium conducted at the 2011 biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Canada.
  • Durand, T.M. (2011, April). Taking families where they are: Early childhood teachers' perspectives on parental involvement at a two-way bilingual school. Poster session presented at the 2011 biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Canada.
  • Young, J.M., Durand, T.M., & Gomez, C. (2010, June). Promoting language and literacy skills for English language learners: Lessons learned from an intensive professional development program. Poster symposium presented at the Head Start 10th National Research Conference, Washington, DC.
  • Durand, T.M. (2009, April). Finding strength within: Latina mothers' cultural beliefs about their children, parental roles, and education. In T.M. Durand (Chair), Latino parents' beliefs and practices about children's education: Capitalizing on strengths in early and middle childhood. Paper symposium conducted at the 2009 biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Denver, CO.
  • Durand, T.M., & Lykes, M. B. (2006, June). Think globally, act locally: A global perspective on adult engagement with youth. In R.D. Langhout (Chair), Redefining community psychology research with youth: Researcher and participant engagement as a paradigmatic shift. International symposium conducted at the First International Conference on Community Psychology, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Courses Taught

  • Psychology of Race
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Research Methods
  • Cross-Cultural Perspectives in Child Care
  • Puerto Rico Cross-Cultural Inquiry

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