Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College, 1975
Professor; Senior Associate Director, Peabody Research Institute
Professor; Antonio and Anita Gotto Chair, Dept. of Teaching & Learning
Professor, Dept. of Psychology & Human Development
Dale Clark Farran is a professor in the Departments of Teaching and Learning, and Psychology and Human Development in Peabody College at Vanderbilt University; since 2009, she is also the Senior Associate Director of the Peabody Research Institute. Professor Farran has been involved in research and intervention for high-risk children and youth for all of her professional career. She has conducted research at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center in Chapel Hill, NC and the Kamehameha Schools Early Education Project in Hawaii. Professor Farran is the editor of two books both dealing with risk and poverty, the author of more than 80 journal articles and book chapters and a regular presenter at national conferences. Her recent research emphasis is on evaluating the effectiveness of alternative preschool curricula for preparing children from low-income families to transition successfully to school. Currently she is directing an evaluation of the Tools of the Mind curriculum and co-directing an evaluation of the State of Tennessee's Prekindergarten program.
Early intervention for children at risk for school failure due to poverty and/or disabilities. Transition to school. Observational methodologies. Early language and mathematics development.
Dale Farran is a professor in the Departments of Teaching and Learning and Psychology and Human Development, and a Senior Fellow of the J.F. Kennedy Center for the Study of Human Development. Prior to this appointment she was a professor in the department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she also served as chair from 1987 to 1995. Farran has been involved in research and intervention for high risk children and youth for all of her professional career.
Her first job was with the North Carolina Advancement School, begun by Terry Sanford to combat the problems of underachieving junior high school students. She spent seven years in Philadelphia before returning to Chapel Hill and the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center and the School of Education (Special Education) at UNC-Chapel Hill, where she spent the next 10 years concentrating on issues related to children in poverty, early intervention, and school transition. In 1984 she moved to Hawaii where she was a faculty member at the University of Hawaii and directed the Child Development program for Kamehameha Schools as it developed early intervention for part-Hawaiian children.
Farran is the editor of two books both dealing with risk and poverty, the author of more than 80 journal articles and book chapters, and a regular presenter at national conferences. Her research has been supported by, among others, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the Office of Special Education, the Spencer Foundation, the William T. Grant Foundation, the Institute for Education Sciences, and the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. Most of her research has focused on issues of risk and disabilities and their effects on young children's development, as well as the educational practices that should follow. In 2002 she and colleague Mark Lipsey were awarded a four-year longitudinal grant to compare the effects of pre-kindergarten curriculum models in a randomized control trial. The Preschool Curriculum Evaluation Research project (PCER) is a national evaluation of early childhood curriculum models; Vanderbilt is one of the 7 sites funded. Farran and Lipsey are also evaluating an Early Reading First program implemented in a rural county in Tennessee. In 2005 they were awarded, along with the University of California at Berkeley, a "scale up" project from the Institute of Education Sciences involving a pre-kindergarten mathematics curriculum. This curriculum is being implemented in Metro Nashville Public Schools and Metro Action Committee Head Start.
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