Candy Boerwinkle is an undergraduate student at Southern Oregon University studying Education and Psychology with a focus on Early Childhood Development. She is also working on a minor in Emerging Media and Digital Arts. She anticipates graduation magna cum laude in June 2015.
Candy’s interests include neuroscience, developmental psychology, autism, educational psychology, and community partnerships in education. Her 2013 summer research explored the benefits of intergenerational learning between at-risk readers and elderly residents in mentoring relationships in the community. She is currently working on developing a local reading partnership between these two populations.
In graduate school, Candy will seek to understand more fully how children learn, cognitively, and relate this research to creating an active learning curriculum for elementary and preschool aged children. She will also explore ways in which local communities can directly influence childhood education and the positive benefits for all involved.
Candy is excited to discover new avenues for childhood learning and research the benefits of utilizing radically different age-appropriate curriculum. She believes in the power of children learning from adults as well as adults learning from children in mutually respective relationships.
McNair Faculty Mentor: Dr. Mary Russell-Miller, Professor of Psychology
McNair Faculty Co-Mentor: Dr. Younghee Kim, Professor of Education
SOU McNair Scholars Journal 2013
2013 McNair Scholar Symposium
Presentation Pamphlet: The Effects of Intergenerational Relationships on Children's Perspectives Toward Aging