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 Duane A. Whitbeck, Ed.D.

Duane A. Whitbeck, Ed.D.

Chair, Family and Consumer Sciences
Discipline/Specialization: Human Development, Family Dynamics, Professional Skills, Early Childhood Development
Department of Family and Consumer Sciences
Office: 101D Family & Consumer Sciences Building
Phone: 620-235-4457

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About Dr. Duane Whitbeck

My professional interests are in the areas of preservice training and teacher education. I have been fortunate to have taught at four different University lab school programs and I try to share these multiple perspectives with my students. The curriculum in the Early Childhood Development option reflects what is considered best practice for educators of children birth through eight years of age.


Ed.D., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Tennessee, Tennessee, U.S.A.

M.S., Child Development and Family Science, North Dakota State University, North Dakota, U.S.A.

B.S., Child Development and Family Relations, Weber State University, Utah, U.S.A.

Areas of Interest

Research Interest

  • Pre-service education
  • Teacher beliefs
  • Adult/child communication

Publications and Presentations

Parenting / Teacher Advice Blog

Selected Publications

  • Kostelnik, Howe, Payne, Rohde, Spalding, Stein, and Whitbeck (1991) Teaching Young Children Using Themes. Goodyear Publishing: Chicago.
  • Kostelnik, Howe, Payne, Rohde, Spalding, Stein, and Whitbeck (1995) Themes Teachers Use.

Selected Presentations

  • Whitbeck, D. (1998). Applying Developmentally Appropriate Practice to Professional Development in Early Childhood Educators.
  • Whitbeck, D. (1997). Developing a positive verbal environment for early childhood classrooms.


Favorite Quotes

"Ships in the harbor are safe, but that is not what ships are for."
"Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted."  Randy Pausch
"The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something."  Randy Pausch
"You may not want to hear it, but your critics are often the ones telling you they still care about you and want to help make you better.  When you are screwing up and no one says anything to you anymore, that means they have given up on you."  Randy Pausch