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Christian Winterbottom

Originally from Manchester, England, Christian Winterbottom is an Assistant Professor at The University of North Florida. He earned his B.A. degree in English at the University of Bedfordshire in England, and his Master’s degree and Ph.D., in Early Childhood Education at the Florida State University. For four years, he taught preschool and elementary students in Japan and when he moved to Florida he worked extensively with Preschools and Head Start programs. While he was attaining his doctorate, he was the Director of Child Care Training and Accreditation in the state of Florida, where he ran a contract for the Department of Children and Families. He currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in early childhood education and in early childhood social studies. His research is primarily focused on working with marginalized populations, and on reconceptualizing early childhood pedagogy through praxeological learning methodologies.   The impact of participating in the Community Scholars Program and in the CBL workshops was really helpful in revising the courses that he has selected to integrate service-learning into. During the course of the year, he revised the social studies course to integrate service-learning in student teaching, and also created an early childhood service-learning course, that UNF student candidates will take as they enter the program.