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Associate Professor - Early Childhood/Elementary Education

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205-934-8360

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James Ernest received his Ph.D. from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, his M.Ed. from the University of New Orleans, and his BA(Ed.) Hons. Exon. from the University of Exeter (UK). His professional interests revolve around early childhood education and early intervention. James teaches courses for master and doctoral degree students in the Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education Programs and has taught a variety of coursework from bachelors to doctoral level in early childhood education, elementary education, and special education. He is the current advisor for Ph.D. program at UAB.

Research Interests
Some of his past and present projects include
  • developing the Alabama Reflective Coach (ARC) model. This is an Alabama state-wide system's change project working collaboratively with the Office of School Readiness (in the Alabama State Department of Children's Affairs) to help develop the coaching and program monitoring system for Alabama's pre-k First Class programs. The ARC is used with over 400 teachers throughout the state,
  • a longitudinal experimental study of Alabama's pre-k First Class program. 2014 - 2017,
  • an evaluation of a local county's family Head Start programs using the Family Child Care Environmental Rating System,
  • a $1.2 million grant over four years (2010-2014) to help train teacher education candidates through a fully online master’s degree program to work with children with low incidence disabilities,
  • developing a sociocultural course taught to all teacher education candidates in the University System of Georgia system (35 universities / colleges),
  • working with Babies Can't Wait - Georgia's early intervention program (over $1 million in grants / contracts from 2005 - 2010), providing technical assistance throughout the state of Georgia,
  • working to help develop primary education programs in Ethiopia - a USAID grant with Dr. Jim Hoot (SUNY Buffalo) as the Primary Investigator (2000-2002), and
  • a $600,000 grant to work with Buffalo Success by Six to develop quality preschool programs endorsed by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (2001-2002).

Additional scholarly interests have included working with teachers to engage them in 'practice in research', examining socio-cultural perspectives in early childhood (through the use of Q Methodology), promoting coaching as an evidence-based practice in early childhood, exploring the role of technology in training teacher candidates, and examining the level of physical activity/human performance of school age children. I'm actively involved with the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI), regularly review articles for their journals, and had the opportunity to serve as the chair of the research committee.

James Ernest Website:
https://sites.google.com/site/jamesrmernest/home