Lilian G. Katz Papers, 1939-2017
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Brief Description:

Lilian G. Katz (1932- ) is a professor emerita of Early Childhood Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Professor Katz is internationally recognized for professionalizing the field of early childhood education through pre-school teacher training and development. Her research emphasizes project-based learning for pre-kindergarten children and the need to foster children's social competence. She has authored and co-authored over two hundred publications, including articles, chapters, and books about teacher education, child development, and parenting of young children. For thirteen years Professor Katz also wrote a monthly column for Parents Magazine.

The papers of Lilian G. Katz consist of correspondence, autobiographical writings, research files, conference papers, talks, course materials, VHS tapes, drafts, and publications.

The collection is organized into 7 series. Series 1: Personal Papers, arranged alphabetically; Series 2: Subject Files, arranged alphabetically; Series 3: Notebooks, arranged chronologically; Series 4: Talks and Conference Papers, arranged chronologically; Series 5: Audiovisual Materials, arranged alphabetically; Series 6: Drafts and Publications, arranged chronologically. Series 7: Digital Files, currently unprocessed and unavailable to researchers.

Held at:
University of Illinois Archives
19 Library
1408 W. Gregory Dr.
Urbana, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 333-0798
Fax: (217) 333-2868
Email: illiarch [at] illinois.edu
Record Series Number: 10/5/22
Created by: Katz, Lilian G. (1932-)
Volume: 16.0 cubic feet
Acquired: 03/06/2018.
More information is available at https://files.archon.library.illinois.edu/uasfa/0100522.pdf
Arrangement:

Series 1: Personal Papers, 1939-2017

This series contains Professor Katz's curriculum vitae, poetry, autobiographical writings, photographs, personal correspondence, report cards, and awards. This series is arranged alphabetically, with oversized materials located in Boxes 1, 14, 15, and 16.

Series 2: Subject Files, 1965-2017

This series contains her correspondence, course materials, The Project Approach materials, research slides, project and grant reports, and material related to the Reggio Children Foundation as well as reports, newsletters, and other documents produced by the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC). This series is arranged alphabetically.

Series 3: Notebooks, 1971-2014

This series consists of Katz's notebooks containing her research notes, outlines for talks, meeting notes, travel journals, course notes, and general notes on teacher education. This series is arranged chronologically.

Series 4: Talks and Conference Papers, 1968-2017

This series consists of Professor Katz's talks and conference papers. This series is arranged chronologically, with a folder containing a collection of keynote addresses and programs listed first.

Series 5: Audiovisual Materials, 1993-2009

This series consists of video cassettes documenting Lilian Katz and projects related to childhood and learning. This series is arranged alphabetically.

Series 6: Drafts and Publications, 1966-2017

This series contains works authored and co-authored by Lilian Katz, including a selection of her work published in foreign languages. This series lists drafts first, followed by journal articles, ERIC publications, and books, and is arranged chronologically within each section.

Series 7: Digital Files

This series is currently unprocessed and unavailable to researchers.

Biographical Note for Katz, Lilian G. (1932-) :

Lilian G. Katz (1932- ) is a professor emerita of Early Childhood Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Professor Katz is internationally recognized for professionalizing the field of early childhood education through pre-school teacher training and development. Her research emphasizes project-based learning for pre-kindergarten children and the need to foster children's social competence. She has authored and co-authored over two hundred publications, including articles, chapters, and books about teacher education, child development, and parenting of young children. For thirteen years Professor Katz also wrote a monthly column for Parents Magazine.

Lilian G. Katz was born in 1932 in London, England. She attended the Burlington School for Girls and Trinity College of Music in London (1943-1947) and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Los Angeles, California in 1950. Katz attended Whittier College (1950-1952) and then graduated Cum Laude from San Francisco State University in 1964 with a BA in Social Sciences. Katz received her PhD in Psychological Studies from Stanford University in 1968. Professor Katz also holds honorary degrees from Whittier College (Doctor of Letters, DLitt, 1993) and Goteborg University, Sweden (PhD, 2000).

Upon graduating from Stanford University, Professor Katz worked as an assistant professor of Early Childhood Education (1968-1970) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; she became associate professor in 1970 and full professor in 1973. During her tenure at Illinois, Professor Katz served as Director of ERIC Clearinghouse on Elementary and Early Childhood Education (1970-1999 and its Co-Director (1999-2003), Chairman of the Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education (1979-1981), Co-Director for the Research Unit on Teacher Education (1979-1982), and has been a Member of Staff at the Center on Early Education & Parenting (2004-present). Professor Katz also founded two journals: Early Childhood Research Quarterly, for which she served as editor-in-chief for its first six years, and Early Childhood Research & Practice. Professor Katz served as the President of the National Association for the Education for Young Children and was the first President of the Illinois Association for the Education of Young Children. Professor Katz also served as a member of the Illinois Governor's Advisory Council to the Department of Children and Family Services (1974), chairperson of the National Task Force on Child Development (1980-1981), and was the co-chair of the preprimary project of the International Evaluation Association (1980).

Her work is internationally recognized. Katz has lectured in all 50 U.S. states and in over 50 countries. In 1974, Professor Katz was asked by UNESCO to conduct a teacher-training seminar in Barbados. She has held visiting academic positions in Australia (1976), Canada (1986, 1987, 1991) England, (1975, 1976, 1988, 2003), Germany (1981), India (1983, 1997), Israel (1990), the West Indies (Barbados campus, 1983), and throughout the United States. Professor Katz also served as the Nahru Professor at the University Barado in Indian (1997).

Her recent publications include Engaging Children's Minds: The Project Approach, 3rd edition, with Sylvia Chard and Yvonne Kogan (2015), The Project Approach in the Early Years, 2nd edition, with Judy Harris Helm (2012), and Intellectual Emergencies. Reflections on Mothering and Teaching, with S. J. Katz (2009).

Professor Katz is a recipient of numerous awards and honors, including: "Scholar of Excellence" at the University of Illinois (1974); "Distinguished Achievement Award" given for excellence in Educational Journalism (1989); Fulbright Fellow at the University of India (1983); Fulbright Travel Award for New Zealand (1991); "Award of Excellence" presented by the Child Advocacy Awards of Philadelphia (1999); the "Lifelong Friend of Children Award" (2000); and many others.

She was married to Boris Katz and they had three children.

Professor Katz retired from the University of Illinois in August of 2000.

Subject Index
Early Childhood Education
Education
Educational Resources Information Center
Faculty Papers