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Increasing/Supporting Agency in Early Childhood Classrooms

Adair, J.K. Agency, Capability and Young Children of Immigrants: Applying Humanistic Economics to First Grade. American Educational Research Association: Chicago, 2014

Towards Capability: Agency and the Education of Young Children. American Educational Research Association: San Francisco, 2013

Agency as Capability: Using humanistic economics and postcolonial theory to rethink early childhood achievement trajectories. Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education Conference: Pennsylvania State University, 2012

Adair, J.K. Revitalizing and Rethinking Young Children of Immigrants’ Agency for Cultural Relativity, Capacity/Capability and the Achievement-oriented Policymaker. Invited Lecture, AERA 2012 – Critical Perspectives in Early Childhood Business Meeting.

Adair, J.K. Supporting Young Children's Agency in PreK-3 for Academic and Social Development and Multiple versions of childhood: Preschool examples from Japan, India, Germany and the U.S. Invited Lectures, Brigham Young University, November 2011.


Racial Equity, Cultural Diversity & Social Justice

Adair, J.K. Learning who was and was not a Slave: Pedagogy for Racial Inquiry in Early Childhood Classrooms. American Educational Research Association Annual Conference; Vancouver, 2012

Developing Cultural Flexibility in Young Children and Early Childhood Scholars: Ideas from an Urban Preschool Teacher in Bangalore, India. American Educational Research Association Annual Conference; New Orleans 2011


Working with Immigrant Parents

Early Childhood Education Barriers between Immigrant Parents and Teachers within the New Latina(o) Diaspora. American Educational Research Association Annual Conference; New Orleans 2011

"We Don’t know the People": White Teachers and Preschool Immigrant Families in the New Latino Diaspora. Ethnography and Education Annual Conference – University of Pennsylvania 2011

Immigrant Parents and Preschool. National Association for Multicultural Education Annual Conference; Phoenix, AZ: 2006

Teaching Young Children of Immigrants

Preschool Teachers and Immigrant Families in Four U.S. Cities: Examples from the Children Crossing Borders study. American Educational Research Association Annual Conference; New Orleans 2011

Teaching Children of Immigrants and the Dilemma of Being Culturally Responsive. American Educational Research Association; Denver, 2010

Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Teachers’ Conceptualizations of Diversity and Childhood in five U.S. Cities: The Chancla Debate. American Anthropological Association; Philadelphia, 2009

Teaching Young Latina(o) Children of immigrants in Four U.S. Cities: Findings from the Children Crossing Borders Project. Triennial Conference on Latino Education and Immigrant Integration; Athens, GA, 2009


The Ethnographic Method in Early Childhood

Learning From Many Voices: How the Preschool In Three Cultures Method Makes Implicit Teaching Practices and Cultural Beliefs Explicit. American Anthropological Association: San Francisco, 2012

Contextuality and Early Childhood Education: Examples from the Children Crossing Borders Study American Anthropological Association Annual Conference 2010

The Theoretical and Practical Development of Qualitative Coding Frameworks. First Things First Initiative – research & evaluation collaborative of the University of Arizona, Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University. Consultant on project/funding evaluation.

Caring for Infants in an Indian Orphanage: The use of film in ethnographic research to respond to community concerns. Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education; Victoria, British Columbia, 2008

Using Anthropological Theory to look at Educational Issues: A case study from the U.S. Christ College-Bangalore University, India. May, 2007