of Child Study and
105 College Avenue
Medford, MA 02155
W. George Scarlett
Sr. Lecturer and Deputy Chair
B.A. Yale University
M.Div. Episcopal Theological School
Ph.D. Clark University (Developmental Psychology)
Research and Writing Interests
My research and writing interests focus on four
(1) parents' and teachers' management of children's
"problem" behaviors, (2) children's play, (3) spiritual
development throughout the life-span,
and (4) children's and teen's connections to the natural world.
How we approach what
we take to be children's problem behavior can spell the difference between
raising and teaching poorly vs. raising and teaching well. Similarly, children's
play is central to providing us with windows on the diverse ways that children
show how they are both complex and fascinating as well as strong messages
about what supports are needed to help children thrive.
As for spiritual development, we humans develop
not only through becoming more scientific in our thinking but also through our
responding to what mystifies and inspires – out of which can come powerful
patterns of faith that fuel development and sustain us.
With regard to children
and the natural world, today's ecological crises and the fact that more and more
children are cut-off from experiencing nature directly makes it imperative that
we better understand how best to support caring connections between children and
the natural world.
CD 99/199: Community Field Placement
CD 157: Theories of Spiritual Development
CD 166: Children's Play and the Developing Imagination
CD 192: Approaches to Problem Behavior