Pioneers of Early Childhood Education: A Bio-Bibliographical Guide

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Amy M. Hostler (1898-1987)
Memories of her own kindergarten experience motivated Hostler to become a teacher, but study with Alice Temple convinced her of the importance of the early childhood years. Hostler was the director of the Western Reserve University day care center and nursery school; Executive Secretary of the National Federation of Day Nurseries; and trained the first nursery school and kindergarten teachers in Puerto Rico, where she helped establish public kindergartens and earned the title "Mother of Puerto Rican Kindergartens." She also held positions as the director of New York City Works Project Administration nurseries and regional consultant to the W.P.A. on nursery schools in the Southern states; dean of Mills School for Kindergarten Teachers and first president of Mills College of Education; president of the National Association for Nursery Education, now known as National Association for the Education of Young Children; vice-president of the Association for Childhood Education representing nursery school education; and chairperson of the Teacher Training Committee, member of the publications committee, co-chairperson New York City local study conference, and financial consultant all for the Association for Childhood Education International. She authored numerous articles for parents and teachers; was president of the U.S. National Committee of the World Organization for Early Childhood Education, and vice-president for Brazil, Canada, and America; and, after retirement, worked with the Arizona State Legislature and Arizona State University. Hostler inspired future teachers, worked for international early childhood educational standards, and helped build the foundation for quality day care programs.
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250. and Gertrude Bicknell. "Science Experiences in the Nursery School". Childhood Education 8, no. 7 ( March 1932): 342-348. Describes science activities for 2 to 3 1/2year olds and 3 1/2 to 5 year olds at Western Reserve University under the guidance of Bicknell, who had majored in biology. Describes in detail the aims of instruction for both groups and highlights instructional activities and the background and needs of the children.
251. "Establishing Nursery Schools in Puerto Rico". Childhood Education 11, no. 3 ( December 1934): 131-132. Describes the establishment of nursery schools on Puerto Rico including details such as scheduling, materials, activities, and teacher training. The United States office of Education and. the University of Puerto Rico sponsored the training which Hostler and Emma Harris taught. The course was titled the Emergency Nursery School

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • References x
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Introduction xiii
  • Bibliography xvi
  • Johann Amos Comenius (1592-1670) 1
  • John Dewey (1859-1952) 3
  • Ella Victoria Dobbs (1866-1952) 17
  • Abigail Adams Eliot (1892-1992) 21
  • Friedrich Wilhelm Froebel (1782-1852) 25
  • Arnold Lucius Gesell (1880-1961) 29
  • William Nicholas Hailmann (1836-1920) 33
  • Granville Stanley Hall (1844-1924) 41
  • William Torrey Harris (1835-1908) and Susan E. Blow (1843-1916) 47
  • Elizabeth Harrison (1849-1927) 55
  • Patty Smith Hill (1868-1946) 59
  • Amy M. Hostler (1898-1987) 63
  • Leland B. Jacobs (1907-1992) 65
  • William Heard Kilpatrick (1871-1965) 67
  • Lucy Craft Laney (1854-1933) 71
  • John Locke (1632-1704) 73
  • Emma Jacobina Christiana Marwedel (1818-1893) 75
  • Margaret Mcmillan (1860-1931) and Rachel Mcmillan (1859-1917) 77
  • Lucy Sprague Mitchell (1878-1967) 79
  • Maria Montessori (1870-1952) 83
  • Robert Owen (1771-1858) 85
  • Elizabeth Palmer Peabody (1804-1894) 87
  • Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi (1746-1827) 91
  • Jean Piaget (1896-1980) 93
  • Caroline Pratt (1867-1954) 99
  • Alice Harvey Whiting Putnam (1841-1919) 101
  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) 105
  • Alice Temple (1871-1946) 107
  • Mary Church Terrell (1863-1954) and the National Association of Colored Women 111
  • Edward Lee Thorndike (1874-1949) 117
  • Evangeline H. Ward (1920-1985) 121
  • Lillian Weber (1917-1994) 125
  • Lucy Wheelock (1857-1946) 129
  • Kate Douglas Wiggin (1856-1923) 133
  • Appendix - A Chronological List 135
  • Bibliography 137
  • Index 139
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