Key Professional Appointments

Associate ProfessorCurriculum and Instruction, University of Illinois, 1992 - present

Assistant ProfessorCurriculum and Instruction, University of Illinois, 1990 - 1992

Assistant ProfessorCurriculum and Instruction, University of Virginia, 1985 - 1989

Research AssociatePublic Policy, University of Wisconsin, 1984 - 1985


Ph.D., Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1985

M.A., Early Childhood Education, California State University at San Francisco, 1972

B.A., Philosophy, Josephinum College, Columbus, Ohio, 1966

Awards, Honors, Associations

Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching AwardCollege of Education, 2005 - 2005

Educator Appreciation AwardSAGE (Student Advance Group for Education)College of EducationUniversity of Illinois2004.Student Advancement Group for Education, 2004 - 2004

FellowshipCenter for School Education ResearchHyogo University of Teacher Education, 1998 - 1999

FellowshipJapan Society for the Promotion of ScienceHyogo University of Teacher Education, 1997 - 1997

Faculty FellowBureau of Educational Research, 1991 - 1993

Research & Service

My past research projects have included: ethnographic studies of early schooling; studies of the schooling of marginalized young children; studies of culture and pedagogy; and the use of qualitative methodology, particularly with young kids. My current projects include ta book looking at cultural influences on practice in Japanese preschools; investigations of quality in early childhood programs; cross-cultural view of good pedagogy. Future research projects will include: - additional inquiry into issues of research methodology, particularly involving the use of digital video; applications of cultural psychology to schooling of young children; and implementation of Lesson Study, a traditional Japanese form of professional development, in early childhood classrooms.


Sims, L., & Walsh, D. (2009) Lesson Study with preservice teachers: Lessons from lessons Teaching and Teacher Education

Walsh, D. (2006) Humility, Continuity, and Culture: Considering Some Contemporary Realities of Early Schooling International Journal of Early Childhood Education

Chung, Y., & Walsh, D. (2006) Constructing a joint story-writing space: The dynamics of young children's collaboration at computers Early Education and Development

Walsh, D., Bakir, N., Lee, T., Chung, Y., & Chung, K. (2006) Using digital video in field-based research with children: A primer. Early childhood qualitative research Routledge: New York

Lee, J., & Walsh, D. (2005) Quality in early childhood programs: Underlying values Early Education and Development

Walsh, D. (2003) Dimensions of Japanese early schooling: A review of contested childhood. [Review of the book Diversity and change in Japanese preschools] Contemporary Psychology

Walsh, D., & Liebovich, B. (2003) Educating early childhood teachers. Encyclopedia of education: Vol McMillan: New York

Walsh, D. (2002) Constructing an artistic self: A cultural perspective. The arts in children's lives: Context, culture, and curriculum Kluwer Academic: Dordrecht, Netherlands

Walsh, D. (2002) The development of self in Japanese preschools: Negotiating space. Research in international education: Experience, theory, and practice Peter Lang: New York

Walsh, D., Chung, S., & Tufekci, A. (2001) Friedrich Froebel. Fifty key thinkers on education: From Confucius to Dewey Routledge: London

Vasconcelos, T., & Walsh, D. (2001) Conversations around the large table: Building community in the daily life of a Portuguese kindergarten Early Education and Development

Graue, M., & Walsh, D. (1998) Studying children in context: Theories, methods, and ethics.. Sage: Newbury Park, CA

Pianta, R., & Walsh, D. (1996) High risk children in schools: Constructing sustaining relationships.. Routledge Press: New York


Co-Principal InvestigatorComputers and Young Children's Writing, U.S. Department of Education, 10/1/2002 12:00:00 AM - 6/3/2003 12:00:00 AM

ConsultantYojikyouiku ni okeru Kyoshi no Hoikukan no Nichibei Hikaku Bunka Kenkyu: Video Shigekiho niyoru Kento [Cross cultural comparisons of Japanese and US Teachers' Perceptions of Early Childhood Education: Analysis through Video Stimulation Methods], Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, 4/1/2004 12:00:00 AM - 3/31/2007 12:00:00 AM


MemberEarly Childhood Program Advisory Committee, Parkland Community College District 50, 2000 - 2003

MemberIllinois Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators, 2000 - 2000

EditorQualitative Research Special Interest Group Newsletter, American Educational Research Association, 1999 - 2000

Editorial Board MemberEditorial Board, International Journal of Early Childhood Education, 1996 - present

Editorial Board MemberEditorial Board, Early Education and Development, 1989 - present

Daniel Walsh

Associate Professor, Curriculum & Instruction



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