Wayne State University

Navaz Peshotan Bhavnagri

Navaz Peshotan Bhavnagri
Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education
215 College of Education

Office Hours:

  • Tuesday 4 to 5 and 8 to 9 p.m.
  • Wednesday 4 to 5 p.m.
  • Thursday 4 to 5 and 8 to 9
  • Additional hours by appointments.
(313) 577-0953 Office Phone
(313) 577-4091 Fax

Education

Graduate:           

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL  Ph.D., 1987.             
  • Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. M.S, 1972.             
  • Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda, India. M.Sc., Child Development Major. 1966.             
  • Balkanji-Bari, Child Welfare Association of India. Graduate Diploma in Child Welfare. 1964.         

Baccalaureate:  

  • Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda, India. B.Sc. Child Development Major. 1963.        

High School:     

  • Barnes High School, India. Overseas School Certificate of Cambridge, England. 1958.

Biography

  • 1990-09 College of Education, Wayne State University, Associate Professor.
  • 1987-90 University of Houston-Clear Lake, Houston, TX. Assistant Professor, Early Childhood Education.          
  • 1973-81 New York City Community College, CUNY, New York, NY. Lecturer in Early Childhood Education.
  • 1970      Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda, India. Lecturer in Child Development.     
  • 1968-70 Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda, India. Director of University Preschool.     
  • 1967-70 Maharaja  Sayajirao University, Baroda, India. Assistant Lecturer in Child Development.     
  • 1965-67 Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda, India.  Kindergarten Head Teacher, University Preschool.
  • 1964-65 Bombay International Schools, Bombay, India. Kindergarten Teacher.   

Responsibilities

Early Childhood Education, Teacher Education.

Teaching: Under graduate and graduate courses. Guide masters and doctoral thesis.

Scholarship: Conduct research in early childhood education and publish scolarly articles.

Service: Serve on various University and College level committees.
 

Academic Interests

Dr. Bhavnagri's primary academic interest is in the field of early childhood education and child development. Her additional interest includes women's education in developing countries, international education, multicultural education, interdisciplinary education, education related to immigrants, activism and social justice. Her recent growing interest is in the use of apps for educational purposes with children, parents and community members.

Area Of Expertise

Ladd (1992) stated her first publication on linkages between parent and peer socialization “has evolved into a new paradigm within development psychology, and stimulated considerable research on mechanisms that link the two domains.”

Research Interests

Dr. Bhavnagri's research grants and research publications interests include topics such as children’s socialization by peers, parents, grandparents, and teachers; immigrant children and families; Headstart children’s socialization and use of computers; and parents use of apps for teaching children.

Courses Taught

  • Elementary Education: Parent and Community Involvement
  • Early Childhood Education: Goals and Practices in Early Childhood Education
  • Teacher Education: Student Teaching
  • Teacher Education: Introductory research methods
  • Techer Education: Masters Terminal Project

Community Engagement Activities

She has contributed to the academic community as a reviewer for Childhood Education, Early Childhood Research Quarterly, Early Education and Development, Early Childhood Research and Practice. She also enjoys being a guest reviewer on other journals such as, Journal of Family Psychology, Multicultural Perspective.

She with Dr. Waker, received a grant of $10,700 from Communications Telecommunications Network (CTN) in parents using Mobiles out in the community as an educational resource.

Additionally, she enjoys participating cultural and historical activities such as visiting museums, musical programs, theater and ethnic restaurants; traveling; and viewing TV. programs such as pbs and C-Span.

Grants

Making Mobiles Meaningful
2014 - 2015    10,700  from Community Telecommunications Network (CTN)2014
Co-Principal Investigator, Dr. Mary Waker
Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research
2005 - 2006    20,000.00
(Single finalist in Competition Grant). Relationship Grand-Parenting Style, Social Support, Stress and Young Children's Social Support.
Community Agencies For Grand Parenting
2005 - 2006    7,000  from Skillman Center For Children
(Single finalist in competition grant)
Effects of Early Computer Use on School Readiness and Psychosocial Development of Urban Preschoolers
2004 - 2006    243,728.00  from Wayne State University Internal Research Enhancement Grant
Designing an interdisciplinary research on conflict and diversity in school. Organizing a conference to share research findings.
2000 - 2001    1,000.00  from Center for Peace and Conflict Studies
Early Experiences for Urban Children: Four Year Olds
1996 - 1997    210,000  from Michigan Department of Education.
Sharon Elliott, Carole Hamilton,Co-principal Investigator
Early Experiences for Urban Children: Four Year Olds Expansion
1996 - 1997    90,000.00  from Michigan Department of Education
Sharon Elliott, Carole Hamilton, Co-principal Investigator
Early Experiences for Urban Children: Four Year Olds
1995 - 1996    210,000  from Michigan Department of Education.
Sharon Elliott, Carole Hamilton, Co-principal Investigators
Early Experiences for Urban Children: Three Year Olds
1995 - 1996    54,000  from Michigan Department of Education
Sharon Elliott, Carole Hamilton, Co-principal Investigator
Early Experiences for Urban Children: Four Year Olds
1994 - 1995    210,000  from Michigan Department of Education.
Sharon Elliott, Carole Hamilton, Co-principal Investigators.
Early Experiences for Urban Children: Three Year Olds
1994 - 1995    54,000  from Michigan Department of Education.
Sharon Elliott, Carole Hamilton Co-principal Investigator
Early Experiences for Urban Children: Three Year Olds
1993 - 1994    40,000  from Michigan Department of Education
Sharon Elliott, Carole Hamilton, Co-Principal Investigators
Early Experiences for Urban Children: Four Year Olds
1993 - 1994    90,000  from Michigan Department of Education
Sharon Elliott, Carole Hamilton, Co-principal Investigator.
Early Experiences for Urban Children: Three Year Olds
1992 - 1993    40,000  from Michigan Department of Education
Sharon Elliott, Carole Hamilton Co-Principal Investigator
Early Experiences for Urban Children: Four Year Olds
1992 - 1993    90,000  from Michigan Department of Education
Sharon Elliott, Carole Hamilton Co-Principal Investigator
Early Experiences for Urban Children: Four Year Olds
1991 - 1992    90,000  from Michigan Department of Education
Sharon Elliott, Carole Hamilton, Co-Principal Investigator

Awards & Honors

2011
Cited in Strathmore's Who's Who World Wide.
2010
Cited in Madison Who's Who Registry Network of Professionals
2009
Technology Award, Wayne State University
2003
Awarded Faculty Sabbatical, Wayne State University
1998
Awarded Faculty Sabbatical, Wayne State University
1995
Service Award, OMEP-USNC for Early Childhood Education
1994
Awarded Faculty Sabbatical, Wayne State University
1989
Alumni Achievement Award, Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda, India
1989
Ford Foundation Fellowship, Women Households and Development Baroda, India
1985
Fulbright-Hays Group Grant, Visiting Organization Women's & Child Care Issues, India
1984
Graduate Fellowship, University of Illinois, College of Education
1983
Graduate Fellowship, University of Illinois, College of Education
1983
Leticia Walsh Fellowship, University of Illinois, College of Education
1982
University Essay Competition, University of Illinois, Women in International Development
1979
Outstanding Teacher Award, New York City Community College, CUNY
1972
American Association of University Fellowship, Purdue Branch
1971
American Association of University Fellowship International Award

Presentations

Mobile Learning & Study Abroad
Bhavnagri, N., Waker. M. 2012   Michigan
A Theoretical and Standards Framework for Effective Integration of Multi media Learning in a Masters Level Teacher Education Research Methods Course
Navaz Bhavnagri, V. Bielat 2009   Michigan Academy
Impact of classroom computer availability on preschoolers' social interactions
Janisse, H. C., & Li, X. Bhavnagri, N. 2007   Annual Convention of Pediatric Academic Society
Elizabeth Cady Stanton's Contribution to Education: Historical and Cross Cultural Perspective
Brigid Beubian Costello, Bhavnagri, N 2006   Research on Women and Education, 32nd Annual Fall Conference, Detroit, Michigan, Sponsored by Wayne State University.
Parent Involvement in Young Children's Computer Use and Cognitive Development
Xioming Lee, Bhavnagri, N 2006   Eight Head Start National Research Conference. Washington, D.C.
The Association of Parent Involvement in Young Children's Computer Use and Cognitive Development
Navaz Bhavnagri, K McCarrick, X Li, A. M. Fish, S. T. Butler , T. Partridge, G. Brumitt 2006   Children's Bridge Conference, Wayne State University
Short-Term Impact of Computer Use On Cognitive Development Among African American Preschoolers
Navaz Bhavnagri, X Li, G. Brumitt, A. M. Fish, S. T. Butler , K McCarrick , T. Partridge, T. Haltrop, B. Stanton 2006   Children's Bridge Conference, Wayne State University
Early Childhood Computer Experience and Cognitive Development Among Urban Low Income Preschoolers
Navaz Bhavnagri, A. M. Fish, X, Li, S. T. Butler , K McCarrick , G. Brumitt, T. Partridge 2006   Children's Bridge Conference, Wayne State University
Correlates of Computer Ownership Among Low-Income Urban African American Families
Navaz Bhavnagri, S. T. Butler, X Li, K McCarrick, A. M. Fish, N. Bhavnagri, G. Brumitt 2006   Children's Bridge Conference, Wayne State University
Play As the Foundation For the Assessment in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education Bridging the Theory, Practice, Research and Policy Gaps
Navaz Bhavnagri, Mark Larson 2005   Michigan Association of Teacher Educators
Integrating Technology in a Parent Involvement Course for Pre-service Teachers
Navaz Bhavnagri, Diane Webster 2005   Michigan Association for Computer Users In Learning Detroit, MI
Early Childhood Teacher Education, Interactive Technology and Collaboration
Navaz Bhavnagri, Diane Webster 2005   The Midwest Association for the Education of Young Children. Grand Rapids, MI
Elizabeth Cady Stanton as an Early Childhood Educator
Brigid Beubian Costello, Bhavnagri, N 2004   National Association for the Education of Young Children Conference Anneheim, California
Interactive Technology Promoting A community of Learners
Navaz Bhavnagri, Diane Webster 2004   Lilly North Conference of Teaching and Learning. Traverse City, MI.
African Americam Mother's Stress & Strategies to Promote Peer Relationship in Preschoolers
Navaz Bhavnagri 2004   Promoting the Well Being of Children and Youth in America Conference. Wayne State University
Technology Immersion: Intervention and Outcomes for College, Faculty, Teaching Assistant and Students
Navaz Bhavnagri, Mary Waker, Diane Webster 2004   5th Annual Teaching Learning Technology and Roundtable Conference. Wayne State University
Electronic Symbiosis: Benefits from Collaboration
Navaz Bhavnagri, Veronica Bielat 2003   4th Annual Teaching Learning Technology and Roundtable Conference. Wayne State University
Combining Components of Assessments Tools and Procedures that Document Children, Families, Student Learning and Development
Mark Larson, Sharon Elliott, Jo-Anne Snyder, Carole Hamilton, Anna Miller, Janet Windermuth, Placidia Freirson, Bhavnagri, N 2002   National Association for the Education of Young Children Conference. San Diego, California
Voices of Recent Chaldean Adolescent Immigrants and Refugees
Bhavnagri, N 2002   Association of Childhood Education International Conference. San Diego, California
Interagency Collaboration for Immigrant Children and Families: A Case Study of the International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit
Krolikowski, S., Vaswani, T. G, Bhavnagri, N 2002   National Association for the Education of Young Children Conference
Combining Components of Assessment Tools and Procedures that Document Children, Families, and Student Teacher's Learning and Development.
Navaz Bhavnagri, 2002   The Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children. Grand Rapids, MI.
Girl Child, Women's Education, and National Development
Bhavnagri, N 2001   Arts of India Conference. College of Education, WSU. Detroit
Migration in India: Education and Outreach to Street Children
Bhavnagri, N 2001   Arts of India Conference. College of Education, WSU. Detroit
From Froebel to Dewey: Home-community Visits Promoting Family and School involvement in education
Bhavnagri, N, Sue Krolikowski 2001   Association of Childhood Education International Conference.Toronto, Canada
Culturally Diverse Immigrant Children and Families: A Historical Case Study of the International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit
Bhavnagri, N, Sue Krolikowski, & Thrity G. Vaswani 2001   Katz Symposium: Issues in Early Childhood Education. ERIC, University of Illinois,Urbana-Champaign
Multiple Levels of Assessment to Document Children's, Student Teachers, and Teachers Learning and Development.
Navaz Bhavnagri 2001   The Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children. Grand Rapids, MI.
Historical Research on Home Visits: Implications for Global Practice Today
Navaz Bhavnagri, Sue Krolikowski 2000   Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education: Research Theory and Practice Around The World. Brisbane, Australia
Sharing Methods And Strategies for Documenting and Assessing the Development and Growth of Children, Students Teachers and Teachers
Navaz Bhavnagri, Mark Larson, Sharon Elliott, Jo-Anne Snyder, Carole Hamilton, Anna Miller, Janet Windermuth, and Placidia Freirson 2000   National Association for the Education of Young Children Conference
Using NAEYC Guidelines for Preparation of Early Childhood Professionals to Include Children with Disabilities in Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum Activities
Navaz Bhavnagri 2000   The Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children. Grand Rapids, MI.
Action Research and Teacher Education
Navaz Bhavnagri 2000   The Midwest Association for the Education of Young Children. Grand Rapids, MI

Publications

Impact of Classroom Computer Availability on Preschoolers' Social Interactions
Jannise, H. C., Bhavnagri, N. P., Li, X., Stanton, B., Jones, S., Butler-Jones, S.   2014 NHSA Dialog: A Research-to-Practice Journal for the Early Intervention Field. 17(3) 16-34
Perspective Taking of Immigrant Children: Children's Literature and Activities
Mabry. M. & Bhavnagri. N.   2012 Multicultural Education 19, 3 48-54
Children's Literature and Understanding Immigrant Children.
Bhavnagri, N., P. & Willete,   2011 Hauppauge, N. Y.: Nova Science Publishers 21, 1-24
Cooperation Through Movement Education and Children's Literature
Molenda, C. & Bhavnagri, N. P.   2009 Early Childhood Education Journal.
Social support and parenting behaviors influence grandchildren's social competence
Ramaswamy, V., Bhavnagri, N., & Barton, E.   2008 Parenting the Custodial Child 165-178
Early Childhood Computer Experience and Cognitive Development Among Urban Low-Income Preschoolers
Fish, M. A., Li, X., McCarrick, K., Butler, S. T., Stanton, B. Brumitt, G. A. Bhavnagri N. B., Holtrop T. Partridge, T.   2008 Journal of Educational Computing Research 537-553
The Association of Parental Involvement in Young Children's Computer Use and Cognitive Development
McCarrick, K., Li, X., Fish, A. M., Holtrop, T., Bhavnagri, N. P., Brumitt, G. A., Butler, S. T., Stanton, B. & Ty. P.   2007 NHSA Dialog: A Research-to-Practice Journal for the Early Intervention Field 10, 2 67-82
The Challenge to Equality: "We made it, Why Can't You?"
Bhavnagri, N. P. & Prosperi J. D.   2007 Multicultural Education 14. 3 56-60
Vygotsky's Theory and Standards as Frameworks for Library instruction in a Research Methods Course
Beilat, V. Bhavnagri, N.   2006 Teaching Information Literacy to Education and Social Sciences Students and Practitioners: A Second Case Book of Applications
Interagency Collaboration For Culturally Diverse Immigrant Children and Families: A Case Study with Historical and Contemporaneous Perspective
Bhavnagri, N. P., Krolikowski, S., Vaswani, T. G.   2006 Childhood Education 83. 6-11
Faculty-Librarian Collaboration To Teach Research Skills: Electronic Symbiosis
Bhavnagri, N. & Bielat V.   2005 The Reference Librarian 89/90 121-138
Linking National Standards: A Reflective Process
Elliott, S., Snyder, J., Larson, M., Bhavnagri, N., Hamilton, C., Miller, A., & Freirson, P. Windermuth, J.   2003 Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education 23 1-9
Teaching elements of story through drama to first graders
Creech, N., & Bhavnagri, N. P.   2002 Childhood Education 79, 4 219-224
Maasai Education and migratory lifestyle: Challenges and Empowerment.
Philips J. S., & Bhavnagri, N. P.   2002 Childhood Education 78, 3 140-146
Guest Editor of Annual Theme Issue on "The Global Village: Migration and Education"
Bhavnagri, N. P.   2001 Childhood Education 77 5
The Global Village: Migration and education
Bhavnagri, N. P.   2001 Childhood Education. 77, 5 256-259
Voices Of Recent Chaldean Adolescent Immigrant's Experiences
Rubin, L. & Bhavnagri, N. P.   2001 Childhood Education 77, 5 308-312
Helping ECE professionals understand cultural differences in sleeping practices
Gonzalez-Mena, J. & Bhavnagri, N.P.   2001 Child Care Information Exchange 138 91-93.
Home-community visits during an era of reform
Bhavnagri, N. P. & Krolikowski, S.   2000 Early Childhood Research and Practice 2, 1 1-39
Diversity and infant caregiving
Gonzalez-Mena, J., & Bhavnagri, N. P.   2000 Young Children. 55, 5 31-35
Low income African American mothers' parenting stres and instructional strategies to promote peer relationships in preschool children
Bhavnagri, N. P.   1999 Early Education and Development 10, 551-571
Expanded roles of teachers for the 21 Century: An Indian Context
Bhavnagri, N. P., & Vaswani, T. G.   1999 Childhood Education 75 297-303
Painting with Scissors: Art education beyond Production
Honigman, J. J. & Bhavnagri, N. P.   1998 Childhood Education 74 205-212.
The cultural context of infancy
Bhavnagri, N. P. & Gonzalez-Mena, J.   1997 Childhood Education, 74 2-14
Effective teaching strategies on AIDS education
Rodricks-Athans, L., & Bhavnagri, N. P.   1996 Childhood Education 73 66-72
Socialization values and practices ofIndian immigrant parents: Correlates of modernity and acculturation
Patel, N., Power, T., & Bhavnagri, N. P.   1996 Child Development 67 302-313
Children's literature and activities promoting social cognition of peer relationships in preschoolers.
Bhavnagri. N. P., & Samuels, B. G.   1996 Early Childhood Research Quarterly 11 307-331
Making and keeping friends: Using children's literature and activities to promote understanding of peer relationships in young children
Bhavnagri, N. P., & Samuels, B.G.   1996 Childhood Education 72 219-224
Effects of the showcase writing portfolio process on first graders' writing
Moening, A. P., & Bhavnagri, N. P.   1996 Early Education and Development 7 179-199
An interview with professor Amita Verma: A leader in early childhood education in India
Bhavnagri, N. P.   1995 Childhood Education 71 156-160
Child development and household behaviors
Bhavnagri, N. P.   1994 Capturing complexity: An interdisciplinary look at women, households and development 210-227
The International Year of the Family: A view from Michigan
Adams, L., Bhavnagri, N., & Wehking, M.   1994 The Beacon 13 (1) 1-3
Beyond assessment: University/school collaboration in portfolio review and the challenge to program improvement
Snyder, J., Elliott, S., Bhavnagri, N. P. & Boyer, J.   1993 Action in Teacher Education XV (4) 55-60
Parents as direct facilitators of children's peer relationships: Effects of age of child and sex of parent
Bhavnagri, N. P., & Parke, R.D.   1991 Journal of Social and Personal Relationships 8 423-440
An innovative undergraduate child care training program and Its relationship to the education reform movement
Eheart, B., Steinkamp, M., & Bhavnagri, N.   1990 Children and Youth Services Review 12 309-326
Alternatives pathways: Modes of family peer relationships
Parke, R. D., Carson, J., Burks, V., & Bhavnagri, N.   1989 Psychological development: Perspectives across the life span 15- 24
Parents as managers of Children's social relationships
Parke, R. D., & Bhavnagri, N.   1989 Children's social networks and social supports 241- 259
Family and peer systems: In search of the linkages
Parke, R. D., MacDonald, K. B., Burks, V. M., Bhavnagri, N., Barth, J.,& Beitel. A.   1989 Family systems and life development 65-92
The role of the family in the development of peer relationships
Parke, R. D., MacDonald, K. B., Beitel A., & Bhavnagri. N.   1988 Social learning and systems approaches to marriage and the family 17-44
Socialization of the infants: Two case studies
Bhavnagri, N.   1987 Household resources and their changing relationships: Case studies in Gujarat 69-78
Visitors view a village
Johnson, E., & Bhavnagri. N.   1987 Household resources and their changing relationships: Case studies in Gujarat, India 9-18
Mother-Infant Interactions in various cultural Settings
Bhavnagri, N.   1986 Current topics in early childhood 6 1-32
How are you going to help me learn?. Lesson negotiations between a teacher and Preschool Children.
Mason, J. M., McCormick C., & Bhavnagri. N.   1986 Metalinguistic awareness and beginning literacy 159-197
Women in International Development: Multidisciplinary Curriculum Guide.
Yates, B., Bhavnagri, N., & Borooah, R.   1985 Women in International Development: Multidisciplinary Curriculum Guide.