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Joseph Sparling

Honorary
Melbourne Graduate School Of Education
social sciences
education & educational research
psychology
humans
psychology, developmental
infant
family
child, preschool
education, special
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Prof

Joseph Sparling

 
Division
Melbourne Graduate School Of Education
 
Primary Interest
Children Living in Poverty
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Prof

Joseph Sparling

 

Joseph Sparling, Ph.D., is an Honorary Professorial Fellow at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne (Australia) and a Senior Scientist Emeritus at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina. Professor Sparling’s 50-year career has been focused on bringing educational opportunities to needy families with children from birth though age 5.

With Professor Craig Ramey, he developed an early educational program known as the Abecedarian Approach.

Over a period of 40 years, the Abecedarian Approach has been studied in 15 randomized samples. The studies have been conducted by colleagues in 10 universities including Harvard, Yale, and Stanford. This body of research has shown that educational support exemplified in the Abecedarian Approach in the first 5 years of life results in long-lasting improvement in the school and life achievement of at risk and vulnerable children.

In the 5 years immediately following the Romanian revolution (1990-1995), Sparling worked in Romanian orphanages and demonstrated that the Abecedarian Approach could be effectively applied even in these under-resourced environments.

Currently, Professor Sparling is Director of the 3A (Abecedarian Approach Australia) Project that provides professional development for Aboriginal child and family services to assist them in implementing the Abecedarian Approach. This work is supported by state governments and non-governmental organizations in Australia and is occuring in Victoria, Western Australia, and the Northern Territory. Sparling also continues to work with provincial governments and non-governmental organizations serving First Nations peoples in Canada. The most recent randomized evaluation of the Abecedarian Approach was initated in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada in March 2012

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Credentials

Positions

Positions


Honorary

Melbourne Graduate School Of Education

Education

Education


PhD Educational Psychology

Florida State University

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