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Carolyn Edwards


  • Nebraska Math
    • Roles: Co-PI, Project Researcher
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  • Higher Ed: Education, Researcher 


Dr. Edwards joined the faculty of the University of Nebraska--Lincoln in 1997. She received her Ed.D. in Human Development from Harvard University, and she teaches courses in developmental psychology (infancy and early childhood, life span, theories of developmental psychology). Her interests center on social and moral development in cultural context; socialization processes within the family; and international early childhood education. She has conducted research and held research positions at universities in Italy, Norway, and Kenya. She is currently part of the NebraskaMATH project seeking to improve math education throughout the state, and recently finished work with the UNL Getting Ready Project focused on strengthening relationships between parents, their young children, and the children's educators.

B.A. 1969 (Anthropology), Harvard University
Ed.D. 1974 (Human Development), Harvard University
Post-doctoral Fellow 1976-77, Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ
Post-doctoral Clinical Intern 1977-79, Worchester Youth Guidance Center, MA

1996-1997 Norwegian Centre for Advanced Study, Academy of Sciences and Letters, Oslo. Invited Senior Fellow.
1991-1997 University of Kentucky, College of Human Environmental Sciences. Professor of Family Studies.
1988 National Research Council (CNR), Rome, Italy. Visiting Professor of Psychology.
1977-1991 University of Massachusetts,Amherst, Asst./Assoc./Full Professor of Education & Lab. School Director.
1974-1977 Vassar College, Department of Psychology. Poughkeepsie, NY. Assistant Professor.
1972-1973 Child Development Research Unit, University of Nairobi, Kenya. Research Associate.



early childhood development and education 


Extending the Dance in Infant and Toddler Caregiving: Enhancing Attachment and Relationship, by Helen Raikes and Carolyn Pope Edwards. Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes, 2009. Selected as a Comprehensive Membership Benefit by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

The Diary of Laura: Perspectives on the Reggio Emilia Educational Diary, edited by Carolyn Edwards and Carlina Rinaldi, in collaboration with Reggio Children. Minneapolis, MN: Redleaf Press, 2008.

Moral Development: The 51st Nebraska Symposium on Motivation, edited by Gustavo Carlo and Carolyn Pope Edwards. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press: 2005.

Knoche, L. L., Sheridan, S. M., Edwards, C.P., & Osborn, A. Q. (2010). Implementation of a relationship-based school readiness intervention: A multidimensional approach to fidelity measurement for early childhood. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 25(3), 299-313.

Edwards, C. P., and Bloch, M. (July, 2010). The Whitings' concepts of culture and how they have fared in contemporary psychology and anthropology. In C.P. Edwards & T. Weisner, Guest Editors, Journal of Cross Cultural Psychology, Special Issue, "The Legacy of Beatrice and John Whiting for Cross-Cultural Research," Vol. 41, No. 4.

Sheridan, S. M., Knoche, L. L., Edwards, C. P., Bovaird, J. A., & Kupzyk, K. A. (2010). Parent engagement and school readiness: Effects of the Getting Ready Intervention on preschool children's social-emotional competencies. Early Education and Development, 21, 125-156.

Brown, J.R., Knoche, L.L., Edwards, C.P., & Sheridan, S.M. (2009). Professional development to support parent engagement: A case study of early childhood practitioners. Early Education and Development, Special Issue on Professional Development in Early Childhood: Empirical Findings from the Interagency School Readiness Consortium, 20, 482-506.

Edwards, C.P., Hart, T., Rasmussen, K., Haw, Y.M., & Sheridan, S. (2009). Promoting parent partnership in Head Start: A qualitative case study of teacher documents from a school readiness intervention project. Early Childhood Services, Special issue on Managing Young Children's Behavior, 3(4), 301-322.

Raikes, H., & Edwards, C.P. (2009). Staying in step: Supporting relationships with families of infants and toddlers. Young Children, September, 64(5), 50-55.

Sheridan, S. M., Edwards, C. P., Marvin, C., & Knoche, L. L. (2009).Professional development in early childhood programs: Process issues and research needs. Early Education and Development, Special Issue on Professional Development in Early Childhood: Empirical Findings from the Interagency School Readiness Consortium, 20, 377-401.

Sheridan, S.M., Marvin, C., Knoche, L., & Edwards, C.P. (2008). Getting Ready: Promoting school readiness through a relationship-based partnership model. In Innocenti, M., Guest Editor, Early Childhood Services, Special Issue on Young Children's Relationships, 2(3), 149-172.

De Guzman, M. R. T., Carlo, G., & Edwards, C. P. (2008). Prosocial behaviors in context: Examining the role of children's social companions. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 32(6), 522-530.

Cotton, J., Edwards, C.P., Zhao, W., and Gelabert, J.M. (2007). Nurturing care for China's orphaned children. Young Children, November, 62(6), 58-62. Also online in Young Children: Beyond the Journal at

Edwards, C.P., Churchill, S., Gabriel, M., Heaton, R., Jones-Branch, J., Marvin, C., & Rupiper, M. (2007). Students learn about documentation throughout their training program. Early Childhood Research and Practice, Fall, 10(2). Online at