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Chih-Ing Lim is author of JECTE’s Most Distinguished Article of 2005
Harriet Boone is second author

An article written by Chih-Ing Lim, a third-year doctoral student in Early Childhood, Families and Literacy, was recently named the Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education’s Distinguished Article of 2005. The article, titled “Diversity Competencies within Early Childhood Teacher Preparation: Innovative Practices and Future Directions,” was coauthored by Harriet Boone, associate professor of early childhood intervention and family support.

Lim and Boone are the first authors to receive this new award, which was presented by Taylor & Francis Group – the publishers of the Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education – in conjunction with the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators (NAECTE). Both authors were presented with a plaque at the reception of the annual meeting of the NAECTE, held Nov. 8 in Atlanta, Ga. In addition, they received a $1,000 cash award.

In the 13-page article, the authors are concerned with how early childhood personnel preparation programs are preparing early childhood professionals to be culturally-competent. The article seeks to identify promising strategies and practices that may be adapted by other teacher educators in the field. Examples of these practices include infusing components of diversity into all courses and field experiences, and engaging in community-university partnerships. The authors examine and evaluate these initiatives, as well as give future directions for effective research and practice.