In February of 2007 we lost a dear friend, colleague, child advocate, founding board member, benefactor and the second president of the California Kindergarten Association, Dr. Violet Robinson.  Dr. Robinson was a firm believer in the importance of research. She often stated that as a professional, statewide association we had a responsibility to provide our members with authentic research about the education and development of young children.

One of Dr. Robinson’s major contributions to the association and to its members was that of editor of the association’s journal.  Entitled, Kindergarten Education: Theory, Research and Practice it was published from 1996 to 2001.  Unfortunately, several years ago we had to discontinue the publishing of the journal due to a major decrease in revenue and the increased cost of publishing such a document.  As a result of rethinking how we can disseminate such information in an every changing technological era, the Board of Directors of CKA is moving to provide its members once again with original research as an honor to Dr. Vi Robinson.  We hope that such research will lead to discussion, reflection and professional growth for all that read it.

<strong><em>Do Your Own Classroom Research!</em></strong>

If you are interested in learning how to do classroom research, the following two books are excellent resources.  Each has clear, well written strategies for how to decide on a research topic, gather data, analyze the data, write a report and publish.

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