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My research program revolves around two sets of questions. One attempts to identify constructs that determine quality in child care settings, developing empirically based measures of those constructs and linking child care quality to child outcomes. The other line of research focuses on understanding the origins of young children's conflict behaviours with particular emphasis on children's perspective taking. Recently, I have begun merging these research areas by studying perspective taking and conflict resolution in child care centres. I am interested in both basic and applied research. I am also interested in the use of diverse research methodologies and am involved in research that addresses micro level social processes based on intensive observational data as well large scale survey research studies.
Perlman, M. Garfinkel, D. & Turrell, S.L. (2007). Sibling and parent influences on the quality of children's conflict behaviours across the preschool period. Social Development.
Le, V., Perlman, M., Zellman, G. & Hamilton, L. (2006). Measuring Child-Staff Ratios in Child Care Centers: Balancing Effort and Representatives. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 21(3), 267-279.
Zellman, G & Perlman, M. (2006). Reconceptualizng the role of parents' involvement in their children's child care providers. Early Child Development and Care, 176(5), 521-538.
Perlman, M. & Ross, H. S. (2005). If-Then scripts in conflict behaviors of two- and four-year-old siblings. Merrill Palmer Quarterly, 51(1), 42-66.
Perlman, M., Zellman, G. & Le, V. (2004). Examining the psychometric properties of the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale – Revised (ECERS-R). Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 19(3), 398-412.