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Vejoya Viren, Ph.D.

Vejoya Viren, Ph.D. 

Vejoya Viren, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Teaching, Learning and Innovation 



Dr. Vejoya Viren is an Associate Professor of early childhood Education at the University of Texas at Brownsville. She is interested in Pre-school peer dynamics, early childhood conflict and resolution, infant and toddler development, and culture and gender in pre-school classrooms. She presents regularly at international, national, and state conferences-including IPA (International Play Association), NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children), and TAEYC (Texas Association for the Education of Young Children). She also presents workshops for local preschool and daycare teachers through the SMAEYC (Southmost Association for the Education of Young Children). Her session was featured at the annual NAEYC conference. 

Making meaning of conflict: a qualitative inquiry in two preschool classrooms (VDM Verlag, 2008) is a case study of two preschool classrooms and the verbal conflicts of children. It examines children’s growing understanding of each other that becomes apparent and is inherent in their dialogic exchanges during conflicts.

Play in conflict (2007) is an article that has been included in the book  Where do the children play? Goodenough (Ed.), and attempts to explain the reasons why children spend less time playing outdoors.


Her recent collaborative work examines The effect of early childhood developmental program attendance on future school enrollment and grade progression in rural north India is published in The Economics of Education Review. Vol. 31, No. 1, pp. 146-161.​


joya Viren, Ph.D.


Teaching Interest:

Child Guidance
Infant and Toddler
Wellness of the Young Child
Math and Science
Creative Arts

Courses Taught:

CDEC 1319 Child Guidance
CDEC 1321 The infant & Toddler 
ECED 4385 Growth and Development Young Child​

ECED 4389 The Environment​ and Early Childhood Education   
ECED 6307 Emergent Literacy in Early Childhood
ECED 6308 Internship in Early Childhood​ 
EDUC 2301 Special Populations 
EPSY 4322 Human Development and Instruction 

Area of Specialty and Responsibility:

Pre-school peer dynamics
Early childhood conflict and resolution
Infant and Toddler development
Infant and Toddler language development
Culture and Gender


Office Hours
Spring 2015


Monday: By Appointment
Tuesday: 11:00am-12:00pm
Wednesday: 10:00am-12:00pm
Thursday: 11:00am-12:00pm
Friday: By Appointment

Office: Main 2.106

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