Jyotsna Pattnaik

Professor: Teacher Education

Coordinator: Master's Degree in Education, Option in Early Childhood Education

I was a teacher and teacher educator in India and was a recipient of the Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) awarded by the University Grant Commission, India. I served as an Assistant/Associate professor of early childhood education at Central Missouri State University between 1996-2000. Currently, I serve as the director for the Master’s in Early Childhood Education program at California State University, Long Beach.

I am a member of the academic advisory board for the Yadunandan Center for India Studies. I served as chair/co-chair of the South Asia sub-committee (of the campus International Education committe) between 2001-2008 at CSULB. Currently, I am a member fo the South Asia sub-committee.  I am involved in teacher training activities in India. I am a board member of the Los Angeles chapter of Pratham. Pratham is an international NGO that focus on education of children from underprivileged communities in India and implements programs such as Read India,Balwadis (preschool programs) and Annual Status of Education Report (ASER).

On 10th October, 2012, I delivered a lecture to a 17-member delegation from the He'nan Family Planning Commission, Yima City, China on the theoretical and empirical underpinnings of development of the whole child, different types of early childhood education programs, the importance of professional credentials for early childhood education programs, and the need for training (preservcie and in-service) of early childhood educators. The delegation was hosted by the US-China Business Training Center in Los Angeles, California.


  • Received the Most Valuable Professor award, College of Education, award by CSULB Alumni Association

  • Received the 2009 Distinguished Alumni Scholar award of the College of Education and Educational Technology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

  • Appeared on ACEI (Association for the Education of Young Children) Radio in October 2010  for the talk, titled,  “Changing views of fatherhood around the world.”


Doctorate in Early Childhood Education , Indiana University of Pennsylvania , 1996

My research explores multicultural and international education, childhood in South Asia, early childhood education, father/male involvement in young children’s lives, quality of schooling (private and government) for low-income children in India, education of girls in India, and children's issues in developing countries.

Current Projects:  

Girls’ Education in South Asia: A Multisite Case Study of Pakistani Elementary Schools.. 

Paternal and Maternal Involvement: A Qualitative Study with Hispanic Parents of Infant/toddlers.



2013:  Father Involvement in Young Children's Lives: A Global Analysis.  New York: Springer.

2008. Encyclopedia of children's issues worldwide: Asia/Oceania volume. Greenwood.

2005. Childhood in South Asia: A critical look at issues, policies and programs. Information  Age.


2010 (summer issue) (Co-editor). Father/male involvement in care and education of children around the world.  Childhood Education.

2005 (summer issue). Education of the aboriginal and indigenous child: Global perspectives and   practices. Journal: Childhood Education.

Articles in Peer-reviewed Journals:

2010 (co-authored). Father involvement across the world.  Childhood Education, 86 (6), 354-359.

2005. Issues of Language maintenance and education of aboriginal children in India: An   interview with Ajit K. Mohanty, internationally acclaimed Indian linguist. Childhood Education, 81(6), 360-364.

2005. Protecting educational rights of the aboriginal and indigenous child: Global challenges and efforts: An introduction. Childhood Education, 81(6), 314-318.

2005. On behalf of their animal friends: Involving children in animal advocacy. Childhood Education, 88(3), 95-100.

2004. Blended perspectives: A global vision for high quality early childhood education. Early  Childhood Education Journal, 32(3), 143-155.

2003. Multicultural literacy starts at home: Supporting parental involvement in multicultural  education. Childhood Education, 80(1), 18-24.

2003. Learning about the other: Building a case for intercultural understanding among minority    children. Childhood Education, 79(4), 204-211.

1998.  Preservice teachers' multicultural literacy: Are we missing the forest for the trees? Equity    & Excellence in Education, 31(3), 73-84.                                                                         

1997.  Cultural stereotypes and preservice education: Moving beyond our biases. Equity & Excellence in Education, 30(3), 40-50. 

Book Chapters:

(in press).  Multicultural; belief: A global or domain-specific construct?  An analysis of four case studies. In P. Schmidt (Ed..), Reconceptualizing multicultural literacy and pluralism for the 21st century.  Greenwich, CT: Information Age

(in press) Co-authored .  Cultural literacy practices in US public schools:  Voices of Pakistani immigrant parents.  In P. Schmidt (Ed.), Reconceptualizing literacy in the new age of multiculturalism and pluralism (2nd ed.).  Greenwich, CT: Information Age

2013 (co-authored).  Involvement of homeless fathers: Challenges and possibilities.  New York: Springer.  In Pattnaik, J. (Ed), Father involvement in young children's lives: A global analysis (pp.123-152). New York: Springer.

2008:  A comparative look at children’s issues in Asia and Oceania. In J. Pattnaik (Ed), Encyclopedia of children’s issues worldwide: Asia/Oceania volume (pp. x-xxxvi).  Westport, CT: Greenwood

2007: An alternative to debate over retention v/s social promotion in Indian elementary schools: Lessons from abroad. Proceedings of the conference, Role of higher education institutes in universalization of elementary education (pp.1-8). Matunga, India: Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI), Mumbai.

2006: Role of alternative assessment measures in facilitating student learning and raising educational quality in pre/primary education. Proceedings of the conference, 4th International Workshop for Teachers on Quality Education for All, Hyderabad, India. Alpaks Kids World: Hyderabad, India.

2006. Revealing and reevaluating self in relation to the culturally other. Multicultural teacher education and the ABC's model. In P. Schmidt & Finkbeiner, C. (Eds.), The ABC's of cultural understanding and communication: National and international adaptations. Greenwich, CT: Information Age.

2005. Repositioning South Asia's children in the competing discourses on childhood. In J. Pattnaik (Ed.), Childhood in South Asia: A critical look at issues, policies, and programs. Greenwich, CT: Information Age.

2004. A critical examination of India's Three Language Formula in primary education. In O. Saracho, & B. Spodek (Eds.) Contemporary perspectives on language education and language policy in early childhood education. Greenwich, CT: Information Age.

2004. Global pets: Bonding with and caring for animals across cultures and countries. In M. R. Jalongo (Ed.), The world's children and their companion animals: Developmental and educational implications of the child/pet bond. Olney, MD: ACEI

2002. Educators working in culturally diverse schools: Linking colleges of education and partnership schools. In J. R. Dangel, & E. M.Guyton (Eds.), Research on preparing teachers who can meet the needs of all students: Teacher Education Year Book (Vol. X1)(pp. 121-127). Dubuque: IA: Kendall-Hunt.

(April, 2015) co-presenter).  Integration of indigenous knowledge and   cultural practices in early childhood care education programs in Addis Ababa,    Ethiopia:  An exploratory case study.  Paper accepted for presentation at the    annual meeting of American Educational Research Association, AERA.   

 (February, 2015) co-presenter) . Implementations of Italy’s Reggio Emilia early childhood philosophy in two early childhood programs in Southern California:  Insights from the field.   Presentation at the         Critical Questions in Education Conference, by the Academy for Educational Studies, San Diego, CA.

(April, 2014) (co-presenter). Teacher expectations for entering kindergarteners:  A qualitative study with prekindergarten and kindergarten teachers in Southern   California. Presentation at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, AERA, Philadelphia, PA.

I am a member of the academic advisory board for the Yadunandan Center for India Studies. I served as chair/co-chair of the South Asia committee between 2001-2008 at CSULB. I served as the chair of the Technology Committee of the Department of Teacher Education between 2004-2006. Currently, I am the chair of the Curriculum Committee and Lecture Evaluation committees of the Dept. of Teacher Education.  I represent the College of Ediucation in the campus Faculty Personnel Policy Council.