Dr. Cary Buzzelli
Board of Director
Cary A. Buzzelli, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Early Childhood Education at Indiana University. He was a preschool teacher in the Child Development Laboratory Preschool at Purdue University where he taught children aged 2 ½ to 4 years of age and supervised student teachers. From 1986-1993 Cary was a faculty member in the School of Education at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he taught courses in early childhood teacher education and supervised student teachers in K-4 classrooms. From 1993-2019 he taught at Indiana University, and served as Chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction from 2004-2010. He became Professor Emeritus in 2019. Cary co-authored with Bill Johnston a number of articles and the book, The Moral Dimensions of Teaching (Routledge/Falmer, 2002). His recent publications examine the implications of the Amartya Sen’s Capability Approach for early childhood education. Two ideas central to Sen’s Capability Approach are, firstly, that individuals have the freedom “to choose the lives they value and have reason to value”, and secondly, the importance of engaging communities and individuals as full partners. By examining the implications of Sen’s ideas for early childhood education, his recent publications outline ways teachers can increase the engagement of children and families in children’s agency in learning, assessment and evaluations practices and curriculum development activities. He received a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Dayton, M.S. in Child Development and Family Studies from Purdue University, and a Ph.D. in Early Childhood Education from Georgia State University.