WIDA  researcher Delis Cuéllar featured  in AERA newsletter 

September 3, 2020

The overarching goal of research at WIDA is to promote educational equity and academic achievement for multilingual students. In addition to day-to-day work, WIDA researchers participate in national and international organizations, such as the American Educational Research Association (AERA).

AERA hosts several special interest groups, including the Qualitative Research Special Interest Group (QRSIG), which provides opportunities for discussion related to the philosophy, purposes, and methodological issues surrounding the use of qualitative research in social and educational contexts.

WIDA research associate Delis Cuéllar is featured in the 2020 summer edition of the AERA Qualitative Research SIG newsletter. Her article, “Research Adaptations During the Pandemic When Conducting Qualitative Work in Early Childhood Care and Education Settings,” was selected from an open call for articles from qualitative research experts. The purpose of her article was to share personal experiences that can improve the work of others during the current pandemic.

This piece relates to several of Delis’s research studies. She draws from work completed as a graduate student, a post-doc, and a researcher at both the University of Oregon and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. What all the studies have in common is her work in preschools with parents and teachers.

Delis hopes that people who read the article take away an understanding of what she explains about modifications needed in relation to the pandemic for recruitment, for data collection, and for dissemination. The research article will soon be posted to the AERA SIG website.