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The Hidden History of Early Childhood Education

1st Edition

Edited by Blythe Farb Hinitz


282 pages

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The Hidden History of Early Childhood Education provides an understandable and manageable exploration of the history of early childhood education in the United States. Covering historical, philosophical, and sociological underpinnings that reach from the 1800s to today, contributors explore groups and topics that have traditionally been marginalized or ignored in early childhood education literature. Chapters include topics such as home-schooling, early childhood education in Japanese-American internment camps, James "Jimmy" Hymes, the Eisenhower legacy, Constance Kamii, and African-American leaders of the field. This engaging book examines a range of new primary sources to be shared with the field for the first time, including personal narratives, interviews, and letters. The Hidden History of Early Childhood Education is a valuable resource for every early childhood education scholar, student, and practitioner.


"The various contributions here offer glimpses of the interesting and uneven history of early childhood education…A constant theme is the ongoing stuggle of early childhood educators to gain respect for young children's abilities to construct knowledge from their own interests and interaction with materials. Re- visioning what education can be and who children are as learners is the challenge. Summing up: Recommended." — S. Sugarman, Emerita, Bennington College, Vermont State Colleges, for CHOICE, December 2013

Table of Contents


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Part I: Glimpses of Past Practice

Chapter 2: The Light Within: Glimpses into the Lives and Education of Young Quaker Children (1820-1860)

Susan Anderson Miller

Chapter 3: A History of Homeschooling and Memories of Kindergarten in 1942-1943

Judy Williston

Chapter 4: The Internment and Education of Japanese-American Nursery School Children During World War II: Antecedents and Understanding

Phillip M. Wishon, Margaret B. Shaeffer and Margaret M. Kyger

Chapter 5: A Memoir of an Exemplary Education

Sue Grossman

Chapter 6: Early Care and Education in the 1950s: The Thorny Path When Public Issues Confront Passionately-Held Beliefs

Edna Runnels Ranck

Part II: Portraits of Early Childhood Education Leaders

Chapter 7: Selected African-American Pioneers of Early Childhood Education

W. Jean Simpson and Judith Lynne McConnell-Farmer

Chapter 8: Patty Smith Hill and the Case Study of Betty Kirby

Elizabeth A. Sherwood and Amy Freshwater

Chapter 9: The Impact of Margaret Naumburg and Walden School on Early Childhood Education in the United States

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Chapter 10: Child Champion, Professionals’ Mentor, Hothead— Substance of a ‘Giant in the Field’

Charlotte Jean Anderson

Chapter 11: Playing with Numbers: Constance Kamii and Reinventing Arithmetic in Early Childhood Education

Barbara Beatty


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Appendix A: How the Early Childhood Field Has Honored Its History: NAEYC History Seminar and Our Proud Heritage

Dorothy W. Hewes, Edna R. Ranck and Charlotte Anderson


About the Editor

Blythe Farb Hinitz is Professor of Early Childhood and Elementary Education at The College of New Jersey.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Preschool & Kindergarten