Associate Professor
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Dr. D. Reece Wilson is an associate professor in the department of Early, Elementary, and Reading Education at JMU. His research interests include developmentally appropriate practice in early childhood educational programs, family/school/community partnerships, university lab schools, early literacy and play. He has extensive experience as an administrator for NAEYC accredited university lab schools, serving in this role for over 23 years.


Academic Degrees:

Ed.D., Instruction and Learning/Concentration in Reading Education, University of Pittsburgh
M.S., Education/Concentration in Science Education, Clarion University
B.S., Elementary Education, Clarion University 

Professional Involvement:

Treasurer, American Association for the Child’s Right To Play
Co-Leader, JMU Northern Ireland/Ireland Cross Cultural Field Experience 

Courses Taught at JMU:

ELED 208 Child Development: Birth through Adolescence
ELED 641 Families, Schools, and Communities
ECED 442 The Young Child

Selected Publications:

Higdon, R. & Wilson, D. R. (2019). Collaborating globally to develop culturally relevant pedagogy in pre-service teachers. Virginia Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (VASCD) Journal, 16, 25-32.

Lantz, J. L., Myers, J. K., & Wilson, D. R. (2019). Digital storytelling and young children: Transforming learning through creative use of technology. In P. M. Sullivan, J. L. Lantz, & B. A. Sullivan (Eds.), Handbook of research on integrating digital technology with literacy pedagogies. 212-231. Pennsylvania: IGI Global.

Wallace, A. H. & Wilson, D. R. (2019). Mathematical literacy and young children: Incorporating technology in the early childhood classroom. In P. M. Sullivan, J. L. Lantz, & B. A. Sullivan (Eds.), Handbook of research on integrating digital technology with literacy pedagogies. 313-344. Pennsylvania: IGI Global.

Wilson, R. (In press). The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and Article 31. In V. Geneser’s (Ed.) Scholarly Snapshots: The Importance of the Child’s Right to Play. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Wilson, R. (2019). Cultural Considerations Regarding Gender Differences in Play. IPA/USA eJournal. 16-19. www.ipausa.org

Myers, J., Sawyer, A., Dredger, K., Barnes, S., & Wilson, R. (2019). Developing teachers as curators of content. Journal of Teacher Education, https://doi.org/10.1177/0022487119879894

Barbour, N. E., Stremmel, A., Wilson, D. R., & Kampmann, J. (2019). A consortium of university-affiliated child development laboratories for applied developmental science: A hypothetical journey. In O. Saracho (Ed.) Contemporary perspectives on research on child development laboratory schools in early childhood education. 47-62. Charlotte, NC: IAP.

Wilson, D. R. (2018). Evolving Perceptions of Project-Based Learning. Early Years: The Journal of the Texas Association for the Education of Young Children, 39(3), 12-15.

Wilson, R., (2018). From the Expert: Play Based, Project Based Learning Experiences in an Early Childhood Classroom. In D. Sluss, Supporting Play: Curriculum, Environments, and Assessment (3rd ed.). New York : Cengage.  

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