Curriculum & Pedagogy

We serve a wide range of learners, from infants and toddlers, to primary and secondary students, to those studying at the tertiary and post-graduate levels. As an organisation, Knowledge Universe embraces diversity and, operating in different education sectors, in different countries, through different entities, using various modes of delivery, there is a multi-pronged approach to curriculum design and pedagogy.

However, if there is a single common thread that runs throughout all Knowledge Universe® early childhood education centres, schools and colleges, it is a commitment to learner-centricity and an interactive, participative pedagogy. 

Our early childhood curricula are conceived and developed by highly-qualified educators and curriculum specialists based on best-in-class global standards and practices. Innovative thinking and an unwavering commitment to the development of young learners’ potential means the Knowledge Universe® family of preschools are highly sought after wherever we operate.

In keeping with modern constructivist learning theory, the educational philosophy that pervades all our institutions is that deep learning will only occur if students are actively engaged in constructing their own knowledge, as opposed to being passive recipients of information that typically leads to surface learning. In the words of John Seely Brown, it is important to provide opportunities for learners to create, reflect and share. Participation is a vital ingredient for effective learning.

Today, information and communication technologies play crucial roles in our lives, and it is important that these same technologies become an integral part of formal education to ensure the development of 21st century skills.

Knowledge Universe has considerable expertise in the area of educational technology and leverages this to good effect. Technology brings richness to the learning experience and can serve as a conduit for curious, lively, inquiring minds. Information is everywhere – literally and metaphorically at our fingertips – and this is changing the job of the educator. The objective now is to help ‘digital native’ students learn how to learn; to help them make sense of all this information, and convert it into knowledge and understanding.

Meet some of our Academic Team Members

Dr. Elanna S. Yalow, Ph.D., M.B.A.

Dr. Elanna Yalow is Chief Academic Officer, Global Early Learning Programmes for Knowledge Universe (KU). She also serves as Professor of Early Childhood Education at the Asian International College, an institution for higher learning, teacher education and management programmes based in Singapore.  

In her capacity Dr. Yalow is responsible for the development of KU’s educational programmes in the United States and for the use of best practices in education, professional development, and quality assurance across KU’s global education programmes in the US, Europe and Asia, ensuring continuous improvement of KU’s global best-in-class early childhood education offerings. She has hosted international study tours and provided training for faculty, management and parents on issues such as early literacy, brain development and leadership. Dr. Yalow also supervises KU’s government relations and public policy efforts, and speaks frequently on behalf of children and families.

Previously Dr. Yalow served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Knowledge Learning Corporation (now Knowledge Universe Education), which operates nearly 1700 early childhood education centres in 39 states, including its KinderCare Learning Centres and Knowledge Beginnings centres. She was responsible for centre operations, curriculum development and training, quality assurance, marketing and business development, mergers and acquisitions, and new centre development, supervising a total workforce of approximately 40,000 employees.

Prior to joining KU, Dr. Yalow served as Associate Director of IOX Assessment Associates where she served as Project Director for numerous state and national level research and development projects in both educational assessment and health education for agencies including the National Institutes of Health, Office of Disease Prevention/Health Promotion, Centres for Disease Control, and numerous State Departments of Education. She also served as a lecturer at California State University, Long Beach.  

Dr. Yalow has published and presented extensively on issues related to education and health in publications icencluding the Annual Review of Health Promotion and Education, Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Educational Researcher, Handbook of Human Intelligence, Contemporary Education Review, Personnel Psychology and Curator.  She has served as a speaker at the National Association for the Education of Young Children, OMEP, Education Writers Association, Parenting Magazine’s Mom Congress, Education World ECE Conference, the Milken Institute Global Conference, the Hechinger Institute Seminars on Education and the Media, the World Forum on Early Care and Education, the ISSA Conference on ECE, and the BMO Capital Markets Back to School Conference. She has made numerous presentations on assessment and evaluation in the education and health care arenas at the American Psychological Association, Psychometric Society, National Council of Measurement in Education, and the American Educational Research Association. She is a contributing author to Education Insights, KU’s blog for parents.

Dr. Yalow holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the Stanford University School of Education, an M.B.A. from Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and a B.A. in Psychology from the State University of NY at Stony Brook, where she was Phi Beta Kappa. She serves on the Advisory Board of the National Childhood Obesity Foundation and Parenting Magazine’s Mom Congress, and the Board of Directors of Knowledge Universe Education, LLC, and the Child Development Policy Institute.  

Dr. Yalow is married and the mother of two sons.  She is the daughter of the late Dr. Rosalyn Yalow, 1977 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine.







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