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Encyclopedia > David Elkind

David Elkind is an author and child psychologist born March 11, 1931. His groundbreaking books The Hurried Child and Miseducation informed early childhood education professionals of the possible dangers of "pushing down" the elementary curriculum into the very early years of a child's life. By doing so, he argued, teachers and parents alike could lapse into developmentally inappropriate instructional and learning practices that may somewhat distort the smooth development of learning. He is associated with the belief of decline of social markers. A psychologist is an expert in psychology, the systematic investigation of the human mind, including behavior, cognition, and affect. ... Infant playing with a book. ...

He also wrote Ties that Stress: The New Family Imbalance (1994), All Grown Up and No Place To Go (1988), and Reinventing Childhood (1988).

Elkind's current research deals with positive human development. His most recent article titled "Can We Play" is featured in Greater Good magazine, Greater Good Science Center and discusses how play is essential to positive human development, but kids are playing less and less. Greater Good Science Center, UC Berkeley // The Greater Good Science Center, located at the University of California, Berkeley is an interdisciplinary research center devoted to the scientific understanding of happy and compassionate individuals, strong social bonds, and altruistic behavior. ...

External links

  • http://ase.tufts.edu/faculty-guide/faculty.asp?id=delkind a profile of Elkind
Preceded by
Docia Zavitkovsky
President of the

National Association for the Education of Young Children
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is the largest nonprofit association in the United States that represents teachers in part day and full day preschool in centers and in family day care homes. ...

Succeeded by
Ellen Galinsky



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