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Northwest Missouri State University

Pradnya Patet

Pradnya Patet



227 Brown Hall


660.562.1561 (fax)

Joined Northwest in 2009

Assistant Professor


  • Ph.D. Family and Child Development
  • M.Sc. (Home Science) Child Development and Family Relations
  • B.A. Psychology

Courses Taught

  • Principles of Early Childhood
  • Curriculum and Methods in Early Childhood
  • Practicum in Early Childhood
  • Reporting Pupil Progress
  • Observation and Activity
  • Classroom and Behavior Management
  • Supervision of Early Childhood Programs (Graduate)

Academic Interests

Research Interests

  • Socio-emotional / socio-moral development in early childhood
  • Impact of physical environments on learning and behavior
  • Teacher education improvement: Use of metaphors and performance-based tasks; Meaningful mentor strategies

Topic Interests

  • Cultural and familial diversity
  • Reggio Emilia perspectives and applications

Scholarly Activity

  • Regularly present at National Association of Early Childhood Education (NAEYC) Annual Conference
    • November 2011: Preparing Preservice Teachers for the Real World: Success Stories from a Collaborative Model for Early Childhood Practicum
    • November 2010: Teaching HOW to think: Using metaphors and performance based tasks to prepare pre-service teachers


  • Ciyer, A. Nakagawa, M. Swadener, B. and Patet, P. (2009) Impacts of the Arizona System Ready/Child Ready Professional Development Project on Preschool Teachers' Self-efficacy. UJEC: Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education

Other Publication Titles

  • Designing Physical Environments for Optimal Learning
  • The 'ART' of teaching large classes in India
  • Images of teaching: Prospective Early Childhood Teachers' Constructions of the Teaching-Learning Process of Young Children

Other Professional Experiences

  • Member, National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)


  • Liturgical dance and creative arts for young children