Whittier Faculty Member Publishes Child Development Textbook

Whittier College News Release

For Immediate Release - Sept. 12, 1997
Contact: Judy Browning (562) 907-4216
Reference: 97-98/16

WHITTIER COLLEGE FACULTY MEMBER PUBLISHES CHILD DEVELOPMENT TEXTBOOK

Kathleen Ralph, assistant professor of education at Whittier College, has published Interactions for Development and Learning: Birth Through Eight Years, a textbook on the principles and practical applications of child development.

Published by Merrill for release this fall, the book will be used primarily in lower-division child development courses at colleges and universities.

Ralph, who teaches Children's Literature, Teaching of Reading, and Curriculum and Methods, also has written a chapter for Reading Research and Practice: Implementing the "a-m+" Requirements, which will be released this month. Her chapter on phonemic awareness includes suggestions from classroom teachers Judy Ellis of Broadoaks Children's School at Whittier College and Terry Medina of Rivera Elementary in the El Rancho Unified School District.

Ralph has also received a $5,000 grant from the Los Angeles County Department of Education to conduct early literacy in-service training sessions for teachers at Broadoaks and Rivera Elementary.

Located 18 miles east of Los Angeles, Whittier College is an independent, four-year college offering traditional liberal arts majors and strong pre-professional programs taught in the context of the liberal arts. Whittier Law School, which is accredited by the American Bar Association and the Association of American Law Schools, is located on a separate campus in Costa Mesa.

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