Professor of Early Childhood Education
Office: 43 Hawes St. 101, Brookline Campus
B.A. 1970 (Political Theory, cum laude), Harvard College
Ed.D. 1981, University of Massachusetts- Amherst
David Fernie is an early childhood educator by discipline and has conducted research in several areas: children's understanding of media portrayals, the ethnographic study of teaching and learning in classrooms, and the professional development and technology proficiency of teachers.
Much of his research is collaborative in nature. He has written over 35 book contributions and articles and presented over 50 research and policy papers at national and international conferences. He is co-Editor of the Hampton Press volume, Early Childhood Classroom Processes and of the 2011 volume entitled From Toddlers to Teachers: Learning to see and understand the school and peer cultures of classrooms.
He is interested in supporting the professional development of new and experienced teachers and higher education faculty, and in research and scholarship focused on the development of effective, child-centered, and culturally responsive curriculum. He has participated in partnership work centered on these issues with local, national, and international educational agencies.
He joined Wheelock College as Dean of the Education Division in January of 2005 and is currently Chair and Professor in the Early Childhood Education Department. Before coming to Wheelock, he held administrative and faculty positions at Ohio State University for 20 years after beginning his career as an Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education at the University of Houston.