Christine L. Hancock

Christine L. Hancock
Assistant Professor - Early Childhood Special Education

295 Education Bldg.

Office Hours: By Appointment

313-577-9168

Education
  • Ph.D., Special Education, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
    • Specialization: Early Childhood Unified
  • M.A., Early Childhood Studies, Boise State University, Boise, ID
  • B.A., English, Phi Beta Kappa, Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA

Biography

My experiences in and out of the classroom have been framed by my belief in the importance of equity and the role of high-quality, inclusive education in promoting equitable outcomes for children and families from marginalized backgrounds, particularly culturally and linguistically diverse and low socioeconomic backgrounds. These commitments stem from my six years as a preschool teacher in a variety of inclusive settings in Arizona and Idaho.

Responsibilities

I am a faculty member in Early Childhood Education in the Teacher Education Division, and engage in research, teaching, and service related to inclusive early childhood and early childhood special education. 

Area Of Expertise

  • Inclusive Early Childhood Education
  • Family-Early Educator Partnerships
  • Decision-Making Discourse

Research Interests

My scholarship focuses on promoting equitable family partnerships in inclusive early childhood contexts, with particular emphasis on families from culturally, linguistically, and socioeconomically diverse backgrounds. I investigate how families and early educators communicate as they make decisions about young children’s learning and development, and how early educators reflect on decision-making. Drawing on sociocultural and discourse theory, I implement a mixed methods approach to qualitatively and quantitatively analyze detailed transcripts of decision-making interactions. I also partner with early educators in video analysis of their practice with families, fostering reflection that can contribute to more equitable decision-making with families.

Courses Taught

  •  SED 6040: Introduction to Early Childhood Special Education

Community Engagement Activities

Recent Service to the Field

  • Member, Editorial Board of Young Exceptional Children, 2019-present
  • Guest Reviewer
    • International Journal of Inclusive Education, 2017-present
    • Journal of Early Intervention, 2015-2016

Recent Service to the Community

  • Member, Review Team for the Michigan Department of Education Standards for the Preparation of Teachers of Early Childhood General and Special Education (Birth-Kindergarten), 2019
  • Education Advocate, Families Together, Inc. Parent Training and Information Center, 2017-2019
    • Served as legal educational decision-maker for children with disabilities in the custody of the State of Kansas

       

 

Presentations

Recent Refereed National or International Presentations

  • Hancock, C. L., & Cheatham, G. A. (2019, October). Decision-making by families and early educators during Early Head Start home visits. Presentation at the International Conference of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), Division for Early Childhood (DEC), Dallas, TX.
  • Hancock, C. L., & Cheatham, G. A. (2019, October). Beyond open-ended questions: Reflecting on discourse to promote shared decision-making. Presentation at the International Conference of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), Division for Early Childhood (DEC), Dallas, TX.
  • Hancock, C. L., & Cheatham, G. A. (2018, October). Decision-making during early intervention home visiting. Presentation at the International Conference of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), Division for Early Childhood (DEC), Orlando, FL.
  • Hancock, C. L., & Cheatham, G. A. (2018, October). Transforming family-educator team meetings for equitable participation: Group facilitation strategies. Presentation at the International Conference of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), Division for Early Childhood (DEC), Orlando, FL.
  • Hancock, C. L., & Cheatham, G. A. (2018, March). “As a future educator”: Examining teacher candidate identity and family partnerships. Presentation at the Conference on Research Innovations in Early Intervention (CRIEI), San Diego, CA.
  • Cheatham, G. A., Beneke, M. R., & Hancock, C. L. (2018, March). Researching interpreted individualized family service plan meetings for parents who do not speak English: Promises and pitfalls. Presentation at the Conference on Research Innovations in Early Intervention (CRIEI), San Diego, CA.
  • Hancock, C. L., Beneke, M. R., & Cheatham, G. A. (2017, October). Saying, doing, being: Discourse during decision-making with families from diverse backgrounds. Presentation at the International Conference of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), Division for Early Childhood (DEC), Portland, OR.
  • Hancock, C. L., & Cheatham, G. A. (2017, October). Communication, identity, and diversity in a family partnerships course. Presentation at the International Conference of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), Division for Early Childhood (DEC), Portland, OR.
  • Hancock, C. L., & Miller, A. L. (2017, April). Using cultural historical activity theory to uncover praxis in special education teacher preparation. Presentation at the International Conference of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), San Antonio, TX.

Publications

Refereed Journal Articles

 

Refereed Book Chapters