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Aurelia Di Santo

Title:

PhD

Telephone:

416-979-5000, ext. 4576

Email Address:

disanto@ryerson.ca

Specialization:

  • Children’s rights.
  • Early years curriculum.
  • Quality early childhood environments.
  • Research with children.

Biography:

I received my MA and PhD in Developmental Psychology and Education with a specialization in Early Childhood Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto. I joined the School of Early Childhood Studies in 2006. Prior to 2006, I taught in the school for six years as a contract lecturer. I also taught a range of early childhood education courses for the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, George Brown College and the Mothercraft Institute for Early Development.

I have extensive work experience in a variety of early childhood settings, ranging from working directly with children to managing early learning and care centres. Internationally, I have worked in early childhood development projects in Bolivia, Brazil and Egypt. My current work in Bolivia consists of two projects. One involves a project to construct a global social network for creating low-cost custom adaptations for children with disabilities. The other involves offering children who work outside of school hours an opportunity to engage in recreational activities. I am a member of the Association for Childhood Education International. I am also the co-founder of their Children's’ Rights Special Interest Forum.

Research Interests:

Research interests:

  • Children’s rights.
  • Early years curriculum.
  • Research with children.
  • Transition to school.

Research projects:

  • Project: Children’s rights activities: A guidebook for educators of preschool and kindergarten children
    • Role: Principal Investigator
  • Project: Adaptive design international: Constructing a global social network for creating low-cost custom adaptations for children with disabilities
    • Role: Co-investigator
  • Project: Children’s right to play: Offering working children opportunities to engage in recreational activities
    • Role: Principal Investigator
  • Project: A family-based math program for homeless mothers and their preschool children
    • Role: Co-investigator
  • Project: Evaluation of Ontario Early Years Centres in Toronto
    • Role: Principal Investigator
  • Project: The benefits of early childhood supports for homeless mothers and their children living in a shelter
    • Role: Co-investigator

Current Courses:

  • CLD 111: Curriculum I: Environments
  • CLD 212: Curriculum II: Program Planning
  • CLD 448: Childhood in a Global Context
  • CS 8930: Social Research with Children
  • CS 8936: Children’s Rights

Selected Publications:

Journal articles:

  • Underwood, K., Di Santo, A., Valeo, A., Langford, R., & Lenis, A. (in press). Partnerships in full day kindergarten classrooms: Early childhood educators and teachers working together. Canadian Children.
  • Di Santo, A., Timmons, K., & Pelletier, J. (2015). “Mommy that’s the exit.”: Empowering homeless mothers to support their children’s daily literacy experiences. Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 469–479. DOI: 10.1177/1468798415577872.
  • Di Santo, A., & Kenneally, N. (2014, November). A call for a shift in thinking: Viewing children as rights-holders in early childhood curriculum frameworks. Childhood Education, 90(6). 395–406.
  • Di Santo, A. (2012). Promoting preschool literacy: A family literacy program for homeless mothers and their children. Childhood Education, 88(4).
  • Di Santo, A., & Berman, R. (2011). Beyond the preschool years: Children’s perceptions about starting kindergarten. Children & Society, 26(6). 469–479. DOI:10.1111/j.1099-0860.2011.00360.x
  • Su, W., & Di Santo, A. (2011). Preschool children’s perceptions of overweight peers. Journal of Early Childhood Research, 10(1). 19–31. DOI: 10.1177/1476718X11407411

Reports:

  • Di Santo, A., Underwood, K., Corson, P. & Moher, C. (2013). Report on an Evaluation of the Toronto Network of Ontario Early Years Centres. Toronto Network of Ontario Early Years Centres.
  • Langford, R., & Di Santo, A. (2013). Leading the way: Recognizing the role of early learning lab schools in Canadian universities and colleges.https://www.ryerson.ca/content/dam/ecs/news/events/General_Public/images/Leading_the_way_v2.pdf
  • Kilbride, K.M., Di Santo, A., Mujahid, G., & Farrell, P. (2010). Speaking with Senior Immigrants and Their Families: A first-language investigation of the needs for holistic approaches to service. Citizenship and Immigration Canada: Ontario Region. Ontario, Canada
  • Kilbride, K.M., Farrell, P., Di Santo, A., & Sadeghi, S. (2010). Speaking with Senior Immigrants and Their Families: A first-language investigation of the needs for holistic approaches to service. Citizenship and Immigration Canada: Ontario Region. Ontario, Canada

Professional Affiliations:

  • Sue Williams Excellence in Teaching Award, Faculty of Community Services, 2011
  • Certificate of Academic Excellence, Canadian Psychological Association, 2007

 

Position Currently Held:

Associate Director and Associate Professor (on sabbatical leave in Winter 2020)

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  • Office location:  KHS-363-H, Kerr Hall South
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