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Dr Sonya Gaches

Sonya GachesLecturer (Early Childhood Education)
BSc ECE BSc ElEd (Kansas State) EdD (Arizona State)

Dunedin Campus
Tel +64 3 479 8949
Email sonya.gaches@otago.ac.nz

Biography

After growing up in the heartland of the United States, I received Bachelor’s degrees in both early childhood and elementary education and began my teaching career with infants and toddlers. I then continued my teaching career at a variety of early childhood levels for more than twenty years in Arizona. I decided to pursue my doctorate and move to the university after working with many teaching practicum students and feeling a pull to research. For the past six years, I have been a teacher educator at the University of Arizona in Tucson. I am now thrilled to be at the University of Otago, with the opportunity to work with many more teachers, children and families.

Teaching Areas

  • Childhood Studies, Children’s Rights and Participation
  • Child Development
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy in Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Assessment and Documentation in Early Childhood

Research Interests

  • Teachers’ narratives of their lived classroom experiences, especially in regards to issues of social justice, inclusion and care
  • Children’s rights and participation
  • Policy effects on teachers, children and families

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Publications

Gaches, S. L. (2017). Time and relationship: Paternal and maternal tensions in teacher narrative. In K. Smith, K. Alexander & S. Campbell (Eds.), Feminism(s) in early childhood: Using feminist theories in research and practice. (pp. 121-133). Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-981-10-3057-4_10

Gaches, S., & Hill, D. (2017). Power and assessment: A genealogical analysis of the CLASS. Journal of Curriculum & Pedagogy. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/15505170.2017.1335253

Gibbons, A., Sapon-Shevin, M., Tesar, M., Murray, C., Urban, M., Arndt, S., & Gaches, S. (2017). Stories, theories, and reconceptualizations of home in early childhood education: A caravan of nomadic thinking [Plenary panel discussion]. Proceedings of the Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education Conference (RECE): Finding a Home in the World: Migration, Indigeneity, and Citizenship. Retrieved from http://receinternational.org/archives.html#sthash.B6SVykvW.dpbs

Gaches, S., & Walli, S. N. (2017). Beyond cultural responsiveness: Teacher candidates' stories of relationships and funds of knowledge. Proceedings of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting. Retrieved from https://convention2.allacademic.com/one/aera/aera17/index.php?cmd=Online+Program+View+Paper&selected_paper_id=1178246&PHPSESSID=q45otgca82c541f0ujuha3q404

Gaches, S., & Gaffney, M. (2017, August). Collaborative close-reading of Revised Te Whāriki. Verbal presentation at the University of Otago College of Education Annual Research Hui, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Chapter in Book - Research

Gaches, S. L. (2017). Time and relationship: Paternal and maternal tensions in teacher narrative. In K. Smith, K. Alexander & S. Campbell (Eds.), Feminism(s) in early childhood: Using feminist theories in research and practice. (pp. 121-133). Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-981-10-3057-4_10

Swadener, B. B., Peters, L. J., & Gaches, S. (2013). Taking children’s rights and participation seriously: Cross-national perspectives and possibilities. In V. Pacini-Ketchabaw & L. Prochner (Eds.), Re-situating Canadian early childhood education. (pp. 189-210). New York, USA: Peter Lang.

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Journal - Research Article

Gaches, S., & Hill, D. (2017). Power and assessment: A genealogical analysis of the CLASS. Journal of Curriculum & Pedagogy. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/15505170.2017.1335253

Peters, L. J., Gaches, S., & Swadener, B. B. (2015). Narratives on children’s rights and well-being. He Kupu, 4(2), 58-70.

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Journal - Research Other

Gaches, S. (2014). [Review of the book Stand together or fall apart: Professionals working with immigrant families]. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 15(2), 212-214. doi: 10.2304/ciec.2014.15.2.210

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Gibbons, A., Sapon-Shevin, M., Tesar, M., Murray, C., Urban, M., Arndt, S., & Gaches, S. (2017). Stories, theories, and reconceptualizations of home in early childhood education: A caravan of nomadic thinking [Plenary panel discussion]. Proceedings of the Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education Conference (RECE): Finding a Home in the World: Migration, Indigeneity, and Citizenship. Retrieved from http://receinternational.org/archives.html#sthash.B6SVykvW.dpbs

Gaches, S., & Walli, S. N. (2017). Beyond cultural responsiveness: Teacher candidates' stories of relationships and funds of knowledge. Proceedings of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting. Retrieved from https://convention2.allacademic.com/one/aera/aera17/index.php?cmd=Online+Program+View+Paper&selected_paper_id=1178246&PHPSESSID=q45otgca82c541f0ujuha3q404

Gaches, S. (2016). "The lessons really are the student's..." Proceedings of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Conference. Retrieved from http://www.aera.net/Events-Meetings/Annual-Meeting

Gaches, S., Im, H., Swadener, B. B., & Blanchet-Cohen, N. (2015). Children's views and visions of education rights from the United States and Canada. Proceedings of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Conference. Retrieved from http://www.aera.net/Events-Meetings/Annual-Meeting

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Gaches, S., & Gaffney, M. (2017, August). Collaborative close-reading of Revised Te Whāriki. Verbal presentation at the University of Otago College of Education Annual Research Hui, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Gaches, S., & Walli, S. (2015, October). Learning stories aren't just for children. Verbal presentation at the 23rd Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education (RECE) Conference: Narratives of Difference: Translations, Transgressions, and Transformations, Dublin, Ireland.

Gaches, S., Hill, D., & Longoria, B. (2014, November). De-CLASS-Ified: A genealogical analysis of the CLASS assessment tool. Verbal presentation at the 22nd Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education (RECE) Conference: Spaces of Resistance: Histories and Futures, Kent, USA.

Gaches, S. (2013, November). "Great expectations for children and families": Communities of practice for diverse early childhood professionals. Verbal presentation at the 21st Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education (RECE) Conference: Reclaiming the Indigenous Child, Family, and Community: Pedagogies of Place, Nairobi, Kenya.

Gaches, S. (2012, November). All we are saying: Teacher narratives for a new view. Verbal presentation at the 20th Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education (RECE) Conference: Reconceptualizing the Field: Past, Present, and Future, State College, USA.

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