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Herman Knopf - University of Florida. Gainesville, FL, US

Herman Knopf Herman Knopf

Research Scientist; Member of the Anita Zucker Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies | University of Florida

Gainesville, FL, UNITED STATES

Herman Knopf's current research involves child care accessibility and parent selection of child care.


Dr. Knopf is a Research Scientist with the Anita Zucker Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies. His current research involves child care accessibility, parent selection of child care, early childhood workforce professional development and use of administrative data.

Industry Expertise (2)



Areas of Expertise (1)

Early Childhood Education

Media Appearances (1)

How to forge a solid parent-teacher relationship

The Baltimore Sun  online


The most successful relationships between families and educators are rooted in routine exchanges that go beyond periodic parent-teacher conferences. “Trust is going to be an important component,” said Herman Knopf, a researcher who studies early childhood education at the University of Florida. “It is developed over time between teachers and parents through consistent, open communication.” And the benefits of a robust relationship with a child’s teacher are clear: “It enables the teacher to better understand the child,” Knopf said, “so that the strategies and tactics that she uses to support learning in the classroom are supported by the knowledge that the parents bring in.”

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Articles (5)

Parental Involvement: Rhetoric of Inclusion in an Environment of Exclusion

Journal of Contemporary Ethnography

Allison A Parsons, Katrina M Walsemann, Sonya J Jones, Herman Knopf, Christine E Blake

2018 This article explores how parents and school personnel perceived and experienced parental involvement at a school serving a low-income mainly black population. The first author recorded detailed field notes (n=70) and conducted in-depth interviews with parents (n=20) and school personnel (n=20) over a three-year period.

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The influence of dominant obesity discourse on child health narratives: a qualitative study

Critical Public Health

Allison A Parsons, Katrina M Walsemann, Sonya J Jones, Herman Knopf, Christine E Blake

2016 The medicalization of obesity encourages the structural and interpersonal regulation and monitoring of people who appear to be overweight or obese, with particular attention paid to low-income and minority populations; these dynamics serve to perpetuate contemporary social inequalities.

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Family-School Strategies for Responding to the Needs of Children Experiencing Chronic Stress

Early Childhood Education Journal

Kevin J Swick, Herman Knopf, Reginald Williams, M Evelyn Fields

2013 Children experience chronic stress in ways that can impair their brain functioning and overall development. This article articulates the unique needs of children experiencing chronic stress and discusses strategies that families and schools can use to support and strengthen children’s development across the social, emotional, and cognitive domains.

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Does using digital media in assessment affect teacher practices in infant and toddler classrooms?

International Journal of Early Years Education

Nur Tanyel, Herman T Knopf

2011 Child outcome studies consistently emphasize the effects of quality childcare on the early development of young children. The purpose of this pilot study was to examine the effects of assessment training and digital media on teacher-child interactions measured using the Caregiver Child Interaction Scale (CCIS).

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Administrative Data as Children’s Well-Being Indicators: The South Carolina Data Bridge Project

Child Indicators Research

Osnat Lavenda, Beverly Hunter, McInerney Noelle, Leigh Bolick, Catherine Haselden, Diana Tester, Herman Knopf, Yoonsook Ha

2011 Administrative data are data regularly collected by organizations for monitoring and documentation purposes. They usually represent entire populations; they are timely; and have direct influence on their sources which are mostly governmental agencies. We argue in this paper that administrative data can and should be used as indicators of children’s well-being as they constitute an existing body of knowledge that has the potential to form and influence policy.

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Languages (1)

  • English