Whittier Professor Halfway Through Semester in Denmark on a Fulbright

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May 2, 2003
Reference: 02/03: 78
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Whittier Professor Halfway Through Semester in Denmark on a Fulbright

          Judith Wagner, professor of child development and education and director of the Broadoaks Children’s School at Whittier, is halfway through the semester as a Fulbright Scholar at the Psychology Research Institute of the Danish University of Education.

          Wagner has a dual appointment in the departments of psychology and education, where she will teach. She is conducting research on the social relationships between minority and majority children in Denmark’s recently integrated schools. This is an ongoing research interest of Wagner; she has studied this topic in the U.S. as well as previously in Denmark when she was there as director of Whittier’s Copenhagen program. “This topic is particularly interesting to study in a country like Denmark,” said Wagner, “because unlike the United States, Denmark’s population has been largely homogenous until the past decade.”

          In addition to her work in Denmark, Wagner has been invited to do a ten-day lecture tour in Cyprus on children’s social and cognitive development. She will also work with school and child services officials from both the Greek and Turkish communities to promote better intergroup cooperation and ethnic identity development.

          Wagner came to Whittier in 1984 as professor of child development and education and director of Broadoaks, one of the nation’s oldest and most well-respected demonstration schools. She earned her B.S. at Longwood College, a M.Ed. at the University of Toledo and Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh. She holds credentials in preschool, elementary and secondary education and has taught at all levels from preschool to the university.

          Wagner’s current research projects focus on techniques for interviewing child witnesses and victims of crime, why children tell false information to adults, and how children develop their own ethnic/cultural identities and their attitudes about ethnic/cultural identities of others. Wagner has presented her research at many professional meetings and conferences in the United States and Europe. She has written more than 100 articles on education, child development and family life for books, magazines and newspapers. She is widely quoted in the popular press and frequently speaks on these topics.

           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 is a member of the Association of American Law Schools, is located on a separate campus in Costa Mesa.

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