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Daniel Walsh

Educational Background

  • 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

Key Professional Appointments

  • Associate Professor, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Illinois, 1992-present
  • Assistant Professor, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Illinois, 1990-1992
  • Assistant Professor, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Virginia, 1985-1989
  • Research Associate, Public Policy, University of Wisconsin, 1984-1985

Activities & Honors

  • Editorial Board Member, Editorial Board, International Journal of Early Childhood Education, 1996-present
  • Editorial Board Member, Editorial Board, Early Education and Development, 1989-present
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, College of Education, 2005
  • Educator Appreciation Award, SAGE (Student Advance Group for Education), College of Education, University of Illinois, 2004., Student Advancement Group for Education, 2004
  • Member, Early Childhood Program Advisory Committee, Parkland Community College District 50, 2000-2003
  • Member, Illinois Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators, 2000-
  • Editor, Qualitative Research Special Interest Group Newsletter, American Educational Research Association, 1999-2000
  • Fellowship, Center for School Education Research, Hyogo University of Teacher Education, 1998-1999
  • Fellowship, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Hyogo University of Teacher Education, 1997
  • Faculty Fellow, Bureau of Educational Research, 1991-1993

Research Statement

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.


  • Consultant, Yojikyouiku 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, 2004-2007
  • Co-Principal Investigator, Computers and Young Children's Writing, U.S. Department of Education, 2002-2003

Select Publications

  • Sims, L., Walsh, D. (2009). Lesson Study with preservice teachers: Lessons from lessons. Teaching and Teacher Education, 25, 724-733.
  • Walsh, D. (2006). Humility, Continuity, and Culture: Considering Some Contemporary Realities of Early Schooling. International Journal of Early Childhood Education, 12, 55-72.
  • Chung, Y., Walsh, D. (2006). Constructing a joint story-writing space: The dynamics of young children's collaboration at computers. Early Education and Development, 17, 373-420.
  • 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, 16, 449-468.
  • 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, 12, 499-522.
  • 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.

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