Human Development and Family Studies

Linda Hestenes, Ph.D.

Research Interests

  • Measuring quality in child care programs - indoors and outdoors
  • The impact of outdoor quality on young children's behavior and development
  • Early childhood teacher preparation
  • Collaboration in preservice training: Parents, professionals, and faculty
  • High quality inclusive environments for young children
  • Teacher-child interactions in early childhood settings

Selected Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications

Hestenes, L. L., LaParo, K., Scott-Little, C., Chakravarthi, S., Lower, J. K., Cranor, A., Cassidy, D. J., & Niemeyer, J. (2009). Team teaching in an early childhood interdisciplinary program: A decade of lessons learned. Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 30, 172-183. [Received Honorable Mention award for 2009 by JECTE]

Diamond, K. E., Hestenes, L. L., Chakravarthi, S., & Li, L. (2009). Including young children with disabilities in preschool: Moving forward from 1994. E. Essa (Ed.). Development and education: Research reviews from Young Children. National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Cassidy, D., Hansen, J. K., Kintner, V. L., & Hestenes, L. (2009). Teacher ethnicity and contextual factors: The implications for classroom quality. Early Education and Development, 20(2), 305-320.

Manuscripts in Preparation or Under Review

Hatfield, B. E., Hestenes, L. L., Kintner-Duffy, V., & O’Brien, M. (under review). Classroom process quality predicts differences in preschool children’s cortisol and alpha-amylase levels. Submitted to Early Childhood Research Quarterly.

Chakravarthi, S., Hestenes, L., Schilling, T., & McOmber, K. (in preparation). Physical activity affordance of the preschool outdoor play environment.     

Selected Recent Presentations

Hestenes, L. (September, 2010). The importance of outdoor play: Current research and trends. Invited presentation for the NCRLAP Division of Child Development Consultant Training, Greensboro, Hickory, and Greenville, NC.

Hestenes, L., Mims, S., Scott-Little, C., Crosby, D., Kintner-Duffy, V., Rucker, L., & La Paro, K. (June, 2010). A comparison of quality assessment tools. Invited presentation for the Division of Child Development Quality Rating and Improvement Systems Committee, Raleigh, NC.

Hestenes, L. (May, 2010). The Ins and Outs of POEMS: Making effective use of the Preschool Outdoor Environment Measurement Scale. Invited presentation at the Let’s Go Outside! Symposium. Sponsored by Kansas Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies, Wichita, KS.

Shim, J., & Hestenes, L. (May, 2010). High quality pretend play: Role of the child, play materials, peers, and teachers. Poster presentation at the Thirty-seventh Annual Head Start Conference, Dallas, Texas.

Li, L., & Hestenes, L. (April, 2010). Parents and teachers’ beliefs about including children with disabilities in regular preschools in P. R. China. Presentation at the American Educational Research Association Annual meeting, Denver, CO.

Hestenes, L. (April 2010). Preschool Outdoor Environment Measurement Scale (POEMS): Strategies to assess and improve your outdoor classroom. Invited presentation by the Randolph County Partnership for Children, Randolph Community College, Asheboro, NC.

Hestenes, L. L., & Duffy, V. (March, 2010). A comparison of quality assessment tools. Invited presentation for the Regulatory Regional Training, North Carolina Division of Child Development, Hickory, NC.