Dr. Yalin Gorica

Yalin Gorica

Dr. Yalin Gorica


Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies


Dr. Yalin Gorica is a Professor of Early Childhood Education, who teaches both the Early Childhood Education (ECE) Diploma program and the Early Childhood Leadership (ECL) Bachelor Degree program at Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advance Learning in Ontario, Canada. Yalin received a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Leadership from the University of Calgary with a focus on international partnership and study abroad in higher education. She also holds both Registered Early Childhood Educator (RECE) and Ontario Certified Teacher (OCT) certificates in Ontario.

Having worked with students from as young as toddlers to mature students at various colleges and institutes in Canada, Yalin is highly motivated by student success. A strong advocate of inquiry-based experiential learning, Yalin was instrumental in initiating and implementing an international placement for Sheridan ECE students to explore curriculum and pedagogical perspectives when working with young children in different social and cultural contexts.

Yalin regularly attends and presents at national and international conferences in the field of early childhood education, applied research, higher education and program evaluation. She also delivered workshops to professionals in Canada, China and Hong Kong on topics including play-based learning, working with children and families in different cultural contexts, Canadian early childhood practices as well as teaching and conducting applied research in Canadian colleges.

Teaching Interests

  • Leadership development, organizational culture and policies, curriculum and pedagogy in early childhood education, applied research, learning environments and outdoor education, child development, international field placement

Research Interests

  • Leadership, social policy and organizational management in early childhood education; academic pathways for college students; applied research in early childhood education; internationalization in higher education

Book Chapters

  • Gorica, Y., Mistry, D. (2020). Where do students go? A review of educational pathways for students and graduates in a four-year degree program in an Ontario college. In Applied Degree Education and the Future of Work(pp. 49-62). Springer.

Conference Proceedings

  • Gorica, Y. (2014). Developing international partnerships as an internationalization strategy: Implications for higher education leaders. . Conference Proceedings for 2014 International Conference on Advanced Education and Management (ICAEM 2014), Beijing.

  • Gorica, Y. (2013). Globalization and higher education student mobility: Ethical considerations for study abroad in the developing countries.. Proceedings of Hong Kong International Conference on Education, Psychology and Society (HKICEPS), page 322-329. Higher Education Forum (HEF), 0965580. , Hong Kong.


  • "Contributing to a National Early Learning and Child Care System in Canada: An Environmental Scan of Early Childhood Policy and Programs". Sheridan Research. Sheridan SRCA Growth Grant. $10,000. 2022.
    Yalin Gorica (Principle Investigator), Yasaman Jalali-Kushki .

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