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 scholarly 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
Co-Principal Investigator, Dr. Mary Waker

Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research
2005 - 2006
(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
(Single finalist in competition grant)

Effects of Early Computer Use on School Readiness and Psychosocial Development of Urban Preschoolers
2004 - 2006

Designing an interdisciplinary research on conflict and diversity in school. Organizing a conference to share research findings.
2000 - 2001

Early Experiences for Urban Children: Four Year Olds
1996 - 1997
Sharon Elliott, Carole Hamilton,Co-principal Investigator

Early Experiences for Urban Children: Four Year Olds Expansion
1996 - 1997
Sharon Elliott, Carole Hamilton, Co-principal Investigator

Early Experiences for Urban Children: Four Year Olds
1995 - 1996
Sharon Elliott, Carole Hamilton, Co-principal Investigators

Early Experiences for Urban Children: Three Year Olds
1995 - 1996
Sharon Elliott, Carole Hamilton, Co-principal Investigator

Early Experiences for Urban Children: Four Year Olds
1994 - 1995
Sharon Elliott, Carole Hamilton, Co-principal Investigators.

Early Experiences for Urban Children: Three Year Olds
1994 - 1995
Sharon Elliott, Carole Hamilton Co-principal Investigator

Early Experiences for Urban Children: Three Year Olds
1993 - 1994
Sharon Elliott, Carole Hamilton, Co-Principal Investigators

Early Experiences for Urban Children: Four Year Olds
1993 - 1994
Sharon Elliott, Carole Hamilton, Co-principal Investigator.

Early Experiences for Urban Children: Four Year Olds
1992 - 1993
Sharon Elliott, Carole Hamilton Co-Principal Investigator

Early Experiences for Urban Children: Three Year Olds
1992 - 1993
Sharon Elliott, Carole Hamilton Co-Principal Investigator

Early Experiences for Urban Children: Four Year Olds
1991 - 1992
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
Ford Foundation Fellowship, Women Households and Development Baroda, India

1989
Alumni Achievement Award, Maharaja Sayajirao University, 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
Leticia Walsh Fellowship, University of Illinois, College of Education

1983
Graduate 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

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

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

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.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton's Contribution to Education: Historical and Cross-Cultural Perspective
Brigid Beaubien Costello, * Bhavnagri, N* 2006 Research on Women and Education, 32nd Annual Fall Conference, Detroit, Michigan, Sponsored by 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

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 Teacher Education, Interactive Technology and Collaboration
*Navaz Bhavnagri*, Diane Webster 2005 The Midwest Association for the Education of Young Children. Grand Rapids, MI

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 into a Parent Involvement Course for Pre-service Teachers
*Navaz Bhavnagri*, Diane Webster 2005 Michigan Association for Computer Users In Learning Detroit, MI

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

Interactive Technology Promoting A community of Learners
*Navaz Bhavnagri*, Diane Webster 2004 Lilly North Conference of Teaching and Learning. Traverse City, MI.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton as an Early Childhood Educator
Brigid Beaubien Costello, * Bhavnagri, N* 2004 National Association for the Education of Young Children Conference Anaheim, California

African American 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

Electronic Symbiosis: Benefits from Collaboration
*Navaz Bhavnagri*, Veronica Bielat 2003 4th Annual Teaching Learning Technology and Roundtable Conference. Wayne State University

Voices of Recent Chaldean Adolescent Immigrants and Refugees
* Bhavnagri, N* 2002 Association of Childhood Education International Conference. San Diego, California

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

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.

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.

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

Girl Child, Women's Education, and National Development
* 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

Migration in India: Education and Outreach to Street Children
* Bhavnagri, N* 2001 Arts of India Conference. College of Education, WSU. Detroit

Action Research and Teacher Education
*Navaz Bhavnagri* 2000 The Midwest Association for the Education of Young Children. Grand Rapids, MI

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.

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

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)

Perspective Taking of Immigrant Children: Children's Literature and Activities
Mabry. M. & Bhavnagri. N. 2012 Multicultural Education 19, 3

Children's Literature and Understanding Immigrant Children.
*Bhavnagri, N., P*. & Willete, 2011 Hauppauge, N. Y.: Nova Science Publishers 21,

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

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

The Challenge to Equality: "We made it, Why Can't You?"
*Bhavnagri, N. P.* & Prosperi J. D. 2007 Multicultural Education 14. 3

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

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.

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

Faculty-Librarian Collaboration To Teach Research Skills: Electronic Symbiosis
*Bhavnagri, N.* & Bielat V. 2005 The Reference Librarian 89/90

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

Teaching elements of story through drama to first graders
Creech, N., & *Bhavnagri, N. P.* 2002 Childhood Education 79, 4

Maasai Education and migratory lifestyle: Challenges and Empowerment.
Philips J. S., & *Bhavnagri, N. P.* 2002 Childhood Education 78, 3

Guest Editor of Annual Theme Issue on "The Global Village: Migration and Education"
*Bhavnagri, N. P.* 2001 Childhood Education 77

The Global Village: Migration and education
*Bhavnagri, N. P.* 2001 Childhood Education. 77, 5

Helping ECE professionals understand cultural differences in sleeping practices
Gonzalez-Mena, J. & *Bhavnagri, N.P.* 2001 Child Care Information Exchange 138

Voices Of Recent Chaldean Adolescent Immigrant's Experiences
Rubin, L. & *Bhavnagri, N. P.* 2001 Childhood Education 77, 5

Home-community visits during an era of reform
*Bhavnagri, N. P.* & Krolikowski, S. 2000 Early Childhood Research and Practice 2, 1

Diversity and infant caregiving
Gonzalez-Mena, J., & *Bhavnagri, N. P.* 2000 Young Children. 55, 5

Expanded roles of teachers for the 21 Century: An Indian Context
*Bhavnagri, N. P.*, & Vaswani, T. G. 1999 Childhood Education 75

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,

Painting with Scissors: Art education beyond Production
Honigman, J. J. & *Bhavnagri, N. P.* 1998 Childhood Education 74

The cultural context of infancy
*Bhavnagri, N. P.* & Gonzalez-Mena, J. 1997 Childhood Education, 74

Effects of the showcase writing portfolio process on first graders' writing
Moening, A. P., & *Bhavnagri, N. P.* 1996 Early Education and Development 7

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

Effective teaching strategies on AIDS education
Rodricks-Athans, L., & *Bhavnagri, N. P.* 1996 Childhood Education 73

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

Socialization values and practices ofIndian immigrant parents: Correlates of modernity and acculturation
Patel, N., Power, T., & *Bhavnagri, N. P.* 1996 Child Development 67

An interview with professor Amita Verma: A leader in early childhood education in India
*Bhavnagri, N. P.* 1995 Childhood Education 71

Child development and household behaviors
*Bhavnagri, N. P. * 1994 Capturing complexity: An interdisciplinary look at women, households and development

The International Year of the Family: A view from Michigan
Adams, L., *Bhavnagri, N.*, & Wehking, M. 1994 The Beacon 13 (1)

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)

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

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

Alternatives pathways: Modes of family peer relationships
Parke, R. D., Carson, J., Burks, V., & *Bhavnagri, N.* 1989 Psychological development: Perspectives across the life span

Parents as managers of Children's social relationships
Parke, R. D., & *Bhavnagri, N.* 1989 Children's social networks and social supports

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

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

Socialization of the infants: Two case studies
*Bhavnagri, N.* 1987 Household resources and their changing relationships: Case studies in Gujarat

Visitors view a village
Johnson, E., & *Bhavnagri. N.* 1987 Household resources and their changing relationships: Case studies in Gujarat, India

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

Mother-Infant Interactions in various cultural Settings
*Bhavnagri, N.* 1986 Current topics in early childhood 6

Women in International Development: Multidisciplinary Curriculum Guide.
Yates, B., *Bhavnagri, N.*, & Borooah, R. 1985 Women in International Development: Multidisciplinary Curriculum Guide.

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