Education research at UPEI involves professors, students, and education professionals from around the world. Through our varied faculty-led research projects, UPEI is engaged in many education initiatives to enhance learning and teaching locally and around the world. 

Child Research International (CRI)

CRI spearheads collaborative, interdisciplinary, community-based research focused at the intersections of early learning, play, health and well-being, cognitive and social development and family and institutional learning environments for children 0-8 years.

Our research is drawn from international contexts and reflects global perspectives on young children. Our group includes researchers from several countries with diverse research programmes but with a common focus on young children's development, health and learning. CRI initiates research that serves:

  • to develop and promote innovations in early child care and education;
  • to contribute to mobilization of new knowledge;
  • to inform and influence public policy;
  • to impact programmes and initiatives for young children living in international communities.

Our three major areas of research are (1) physical, emotional, and cognitive development; (2) play, technology, curriculum, and pedagogy; and (3) early literacy and numeracy, from ages 0 to 8.

For further information, visit CRI's research site


Dr. Ray Doiron
Professor Emeritus
UPEI Faculty of Education

Dr. Martha Gabriel
Professor Emerita
UPEI Faculty of Education

Gabriela Arias de Sanchez 
UPEI Faculty of Education