Alex Baron

Before beginning the Child Development and Education (CDE) course, I had worked as a reception teacher in the United States.

If I could do it again, I wish that I could have taken the CDE course before I led a classroom of young children.  This is because the CDE course provided both practical and theoretical knowledge regarding how children naturally develop and what people can do to influence that development.  I enjoyed exploring those questions so much that I am continuing my studies as a Dphil student.

When thinking back to the CDE course, I feel that it prepared students with a strong mix of methodological skills and content knowledge.  Different lectures covered various aspects of child development (e.g., language development versus numeracy), education (e.g., effective reading interventions and valid early learning assessments), and methodological approaches (e.g., qualitative and quantitative).   Overall, I greatly enjoyed the broad exposure to different concepts, and I feel that the course profoundly enriched my understanding of the field.

When I finish the DPhil program, I aim to return to educational practice, where the application of research-based and theory-driven practice is disappointingly sparse.  I am certain that the things I learned during the CDE course will centrally inform the work I do in the future.