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Martha J. Lash
Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education, Kent State University

Martha J. Lash is an Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education and the Early Childhood Educator Coordinator in the Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum Studies School, Graduate School and College of Education, Health and Human Services at Kent State University, Ohio, USA.

Prior to joining the Kent State University faculty in 2003, Dr. Lash served as director/teacher in early childhood education programmes including the Indiana University Campus Children’s Centre, executive director for drop-out prevention and school-community partnership programmes, and liaison for school (pre-school through higher education), business, and community initiatives. Dr. Lash earned her M.Ed. and Ph. D. degrees in Curriculum Studies with an Early Childhood Emphasis from Indiana University-Bloomington.

Research interests include early childhood education teachers’ beliefs and practices; young children's social development and forming of community, especially during the transition period from preschool to public school; and issues of professionalism and quality in early childhood care and education issues on a national and international basis.