Research Projects

2018 – 2019 Research

Drs. Anderson, Ota, Qiu and Henke have been conducting an action research study since 2015 that explored how the implementation of a Practice-Based Coaching model across an early childhood (EC) education university program influenced preservice EC educator beliefs and practices. The WSU Charter Academy Kindergarten and Children's School prekindergarten mentor teachers coached the participating students. A pre/post design was used to compare changes in preservice EC educator developmentally appropriate practice (DAP) beliefs and implementation skills before and after the implementation of a Practice-Based Coaching model to the university curriculum. Participants were 140 preservice EC educators enrolled in EC education upper-division advanced planning and guidance courses with lab school field experience. The assessment used for EC educator DAP beliefs was the Teacher Beliefs Q-sort. Implementation skills were assessed with the Classroom Assessment Scoring System for preschool.

Robyn Johnson, M.Ed., analyzed the extant data for her Master's Thesis. Results indicated a shift toward more DAP beliefs in the area of teaching practices, an increase in DAP implementation skills in emotional support, classroom organization, and instructional support, and a more consistent pattern of correlations between DAP beliefs and implementation skills for the post-test group, as compared to baseline. Results suggest that implementation of the Practice-Based Coaching model may be beneficial in reducing inconsistencies between EC preservice educator beliefs and implementation skills by supporting belief shifts toward more DAP while improving DAP implementation skills.


DNP Presentation 2021

I would like to thank you so very much for your support of my DNP project. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with you and respect your whole child approach to early childhood education. I think we make a great team, which is only going to get better!


The presentation is a summary of my project and findings and will be only 10 minutes long with 5 minutes for questions or discussion. 

I will be finishing my final paper also and will send you a copy when the final draft is finished.


DNP Presentation Link



Please let me know if you have any questions and whether or not you will be attending. 

Thank you again for your support,


Angela Page, MSN, APRN, PPCNP-BC

Faculty, ADN-BSN-FNP Program

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