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Dr. Lilian Katz biography

Lilian G. KatzLilian G. Katz, a graduate of Stanford University (Ph.D.—1968), is an international leader in early childhood education. She taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for more than three decades—from 1968 until the year 2000, as well as directing the ERIC Clearinghouse on Elementary and Early Childhood Education (ERIC/EECE) for more than 30 years. She has lectured in all 50 U.S. states and in 43 countries, and she has held visiting posts at universities in Australia, Canada, England, Germany, India, Israel, the West Indies (Barbados campus), and many parts of the United States. In 1997, she served as Nehru Professor at the University of Baroda in India.

She also was one of the founders of the Illinois Association for the Education of Young Children and served as its first president. In addition, she served as vice president of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) from 1986 to 1990 and later was elected president of NAEYC, serving from 1992-1994.

Dr. Katz has authored more than 150 publications, including articles, chapters, and books about early childhood education, teacher education, child development, and parenting. She wrote a monthly column for several years for Parents Magazine on parenting 3- and 4-year-olds. Dr. Katz founded two journals: Early Childhood Research Quarterly and Early Childhood Research & Practice, which began publication in early 1999 as the first peer-reviewed, Internet-only, journal in early education, and recently became fully bilingual.

Dr. Katz is professor emerita at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and lectures and consults around the world.


More information on Lilian Katz, from the Proceedings of the Lilian Katz Symposium (November 5-7, 2000) on the Web site of the Clearinghouse on Early Education and Parenting (CEEP).

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If you have a question about some aspect of early care and education that will require an in-depth response, you can ask Dr. Lilian G. Katz, Director of the Illinois Early Learning project and an internationally recognized expert in early childhood education and parenting.

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Archive of previous Ask Dr. Katz questions and answers

  • Question 1: Ask Dr. Katz: How can I deal with pushy parents?
  • Question 2: Ask Dr. Katz: How Can I Encourage a Shy Child to Participate?
  • Question 3: Ask Dr. Katz: Are self-esteem programs needed in schools?
  • Question 4: Ask Dr. Katz: When did the Project Approach initiate?
  • Question 5: Ask Dr. Katz: How do you feel about standardized testing of preschool-age children?
  • Question 6: Ask Dr. Katz: What Does the Research Say about Dramatic Play Including Gun Play?
  • Question 7: Ask Dr. Katz: How can my classroom reflect the local community?
  • Question 8: Ask Dr. Katz: What do you think of having a "Child of the Week"?
  • Question 9: Ask Dr. Katz:How do I get my whole class involved in the Project Approach?
  • Question 10: Ask Dr. Katz: Could you advise me on worthy project topics for preschool children?
  • Question 11: Ask Dr. Katz: How many projects a year are reasonable for 2-year-olds in a half-day program?
  • Question 12: Ask Dr. Katz: Are there benefits to delaying formal reading instruction until first grade?
  • Question 13: Ask Dr. Katz: How can teachers encourage children in meaningful ways?
  • Question 14: Ask Dr. Katz: What are the first steps in a project after children indicate interest in a topic?
  • Question 15: Ask Dr. Katz: Is the “push-down” of curriculum harmful to young children?
  • Question 16: Ask Dr. Katz: Do children benefit from mixed-age classes in preschool?

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