Sharon Carnahan an Invited Scholar at Universidad Casa Grande in Guyaquil, Ecuador

April 26, 2011

Sharon CarnahanIn April, Professor of Psychology Sharon Carnahan was an Invited Scholar at Universidad Casa Grande in Guyaquil, Ecuador. Carnahan was invited to teach a week-long class in developmental screening, where 25 students and professionals learned to identify children with mild and moderate developmental delays or autism, and practiced their skills in the community. 

The student also wrote mini-proposals for research to improve literacy in their cities. Carnahan gave an evening public lecture titled “Escuchar de los Ninos” (Listen to Children), and flew to Quito at the invitation of the country’s Minister of Early Education to discuss early education quality reform efforts in the country.  She also toured childcare centers, made home visits to children with disabilities, and was interviewed by the newspaper and parenting magazines.

“Education reform is underway in Ecuador; like all of us, the country is concerned with preparing students for work in the 21st century,” noted Carnahan.  “Now, Ecuador needs to make sure that reform reaches its youngest and most vulnerable pupils – infants, toddlers and preschoolers in childcare.  Indigenous, rural children are reported to be small for their ages nearly 40% of the time, and show a rate of anemia over 50%;  preparation for school will have to begin with prenatal care, nutrition for the young, and high quality care for children.”  Carnahan, a Fulbright Specialist, will return to the country next year.