Dr. Lesleann Whiteman
Program Manager for the undergraduate regional online programmes in Early Childhood Development and Family Studies at the University of the West Indies, Open Campus, Trinidad and Tobago.
Dr. Whiteman holds a Doctor of Education and a Masters in Education from the University of Sheffield UK, a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) with 1st class Honours and a Certificate in Early Childhood Education from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine. She also possesses a Diploma in Early Childhood Studies and Certificate in Counselling in Education from Roehampton Institute London, UK.
Dr. Whiteman has worked for twenty-seven (27) years in the area of early childhood development with diverse organisations in Asia, the United Kingdom, North America and the Caribbean to ensure that Early Childhood Teacher Education Programmes use a holistic curriculum approach in training early childhood educators. Her work speaks to that of developing parent education programmes with a strengths-based approach, designing professional development programmes for early childhood educators and advocating for relevant early childhood policies for the development of early childhood care and education in Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean.
Dr. Whiteman’s research interest focuses on the child-rearing strategies used by ‘Trinbagonian’ parents to facilitate nurturing/responsive parent-child relationships that contribute to positive developmental outcomes for young children. She currently completed her Ph.D research thesis entitled "Adopting nurturing and sensitive child rearing practices in Trinidad: an exploration."