Faculty/Student Research Opportunities

Different research opportunities, independent studies, and internships are available at the CDC. We welcome faculty and students from any department to participate and conduct research with young children and their families. Faculty sponsors are required as well as approval from the Executive Director of the CDC. Please contact dterordedoyle@rollins.edu

Please complete the CDC Research form and send to dterordedoyle@rollins.edu

CDC Faculty/Student Observation request form

Students in the Lab

Students participate in observational research, learn child development theory, and practice while interacting with children of diverse abilities.

Research Opportunties

Narrative Project

The Narrative Project is led by Dr. Alice Davidson, psychology professor at Rollins College. Dr. Davidson has been studying children’s narrative for 13 years. Rollins students work with Dr. Davidson to study the way that young children make meaning out of their personal emotional and conflict experiences through the stories they tell, as well as to examine the significance of these stories for children’s adjustment.

Please contact Dr. Davidson at adavidson@rollins.edu if you are interested in doing research on children’s narratives. 

1. Narrative Coherence in Victim and Perpetrator in Early Childhood” by” Cara Guthrie (Class of 2014) Guthrie has been conducting research in collaboration with Dr. Davidson at the CDC since spring of 2012, and will culminate her research in May 2014. Guthrie is examining the coherence of conflict narratives told by preschool children, both from the CDC and the Winter Park Day Nursery. This research has been accepted and will be presented at the Southeastern Psychological Association (SEPA) 2014 in Nashville, TN.  “Rollins and the CDC are uniquely positioned to provide an invaluable learning experience to both the children and the students who observe and play with them. At this point in my college career, it is hard for me to imagine the past four years without the CDC.” –Guthrie

Fall 2015-2016 Teacher Research Focus

We will be studying how to discuss Philosophy with Young Children.  

Students from Dr. Erik Kenyon's Phislophy with Children class will conduct philosophical discussions with children ages 3-5 during short small group meetings throughout the semester.  The emphasis is on helping undergraduate students learn philosophical perspectives and understanding how young children become deep thinkers at an early age.

Child Development & Student Research Center
Rollins College
1000 Holt Avenue - 2760
Winter Park, FL 32789