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Lucia French

Lucia French

Professor Emeritus
Counseling & Human Development
 
Education:
PhD, MA, BA, University of Illinois - Urbana-Champagne (psychology)


Lucia French joined the Warner faculty in 1982 as a developmental psychologist investigating language development, learning, and cognition. Her research explores the relationship between language and cognitive development during the preschool years, with emphasis on the roles of social interaction and prior knowledge. French directs the certification program in early childhood education at the Warner School, works extensively with doctoral students, and teaches courses in child development and early childhood education.

French, a former Spencer Fellow, is the author of Young Children's Understanding of Relational Terms: Some ifs, ors, and buts (Springer-Vertag, 1985). She has also published more than 30 articles in research journals and other articles in publications for early childhood educators.

Based on her research, French has developed a science-based preschool curriculum to foster language development, learning, cognition, and school readiness. The ScienceStart! curriculum capitalizes on children’s natural curiosity about the world around them to build the cognitive and social skills and knowledge needed for healthy development and academic success. She is engaged in numerous projects in the community to develop, field-test, and expand the curriculum, with funding from the National Science Foundation and the United States Department of Education. French’s groundbreaking work, on which she has collaborated extensively with doctoral students, has been featured in Education Week.

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Courses
ED406 Master's Research Methods
ED407 Development, Learning, and Teaching for Children Ages 3 to 5
ED429 Theories of Human Development
EDF440 Field Experiences with Children 0-3
EDF441 Field Experiences with Children 0-3 in Inclusive Settings
EDU464 Child Development and Learning in Context (ages 5 to 12)
EDU467 Language, Literacy, and Cognitive Development
EDU557 Selected Theories of Human Development
EDU560 Research in Cognitive Development