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

Herman Knopf

Senior Research Scientist | University of Florida

Gainesville, FL, UNITED STATES

Herman Knopf researches child care accessibility and parent selection of child care.


Herman Knopf is a senior research scientist with the Anita Zucker Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies in the College of Education. He researches child care accessibility, parent selection of child care, early childhood workforce professional development and use of administrative data.

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 (2)

Parental Involvement: Rhetoric of Inclusion in an Environment of Exclusion

Journal of Contemporary Ethnography

Allison A. Parsons, et al.


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, et al.


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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