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NMSU associate professor to provide keynote address at Beijing symposium

A New Mexico State University early childhood education expert will provide a keynote address at an early childhood education symposium in Beijing this summer.


Candace Kaye, NMSU associate professor of early childhood education, leans against a railing.
Candace Kaye, NMSU associate professor of early childhood education, will present a keynote address at the Institute for Early Childhood Education at Beijing Normal University this summer. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

Candace Kaye, NMSU associate professor of early childhood education, will present "Multicultural Policy, Thought and Practice in Early Childhood Education," at the conference, called University-district-school Partnership and Culture Blending: An International Symposium of Preschool in Three Cultures Reform and Development," at the Institute for Early Childhood Education at Beijing Normal University.

Kaye also has been invited to serve as a visiting professor there in 2013-2014.

"Through international collaboration, as a global society we can all contribute to better practice, and also receive benefits from increased access to a diversity of knowledge," Kaye said. "Such activities create better cross-cultural understanding, improved contact between countries and the building of personal relationships and professional networks."

This is not Kaye's first international experience; she lived in Beijing from 1992-94 while her husband served as a U.S. Naval Military Attaché for China at the U.S. Embassy there. During that time, she was a visiting faculty member at Beijing Normal University in early childhood education and child development coursework. She has continued to research early childhood education in China and has led two NMSU Early Childhood Education Research Study tours to BNU, sponsored by the College of Education.

"I believe there are three components of collaboration - student support, research and global public service. These three areas can reach far into the future, making higher education as par excellence to shape not just the present, but the decades ahead, lifting up the early childhood generation now and supporting them in the building of future societies," she said.

Kaye is currently at the American Educational Research Association's annual meeting in San Francisco, to speak about work she has done in Mongolia. From there, she will travel on to Mongolia to continue her work at the Mongolian State University of Education and the Mongolian Ministry of Education, and will later present the keynote at Beijing Normal University.