Who: David Weikart
B.A., Psychology, Oberline College, 1949
Ph.D, Education and Psychology, University of Michigan, 1957
Honorary Doctor of Science, Recognition & Achievement, Oberlin College, 1996
What Is He Known For?:
Creator of the internationally known early childhood model known as Cognitively Oriented Curriculum (or High Scope Research Foundation Curriculum). It is the most well-known early childhood model based almost completely on Jean Piaget's theories on child psychology and cognitive development. It is based on the concepts of (1) Active Learning (learning by doing), (2) having children plan, do, and then review their experiences, and (3) the teacher's deliberate implementation of key developmental indicators as the experiences in the class. Weikart founded the High Scope Research Foundation which serves as the curriculum's base of operations for the training of teachers and the production of curricula materials.
What Is He Doing Now?
Dr. Weikart died on December 9, 2003 from Leukemia.