Nili Luo, Ed.D.

Professor and Director of Early Childhood Education
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Educational Background

Ed.D., University of Massachusetts- Amherst (Early Childhood Education)

M.A., East China Normal University, Shanghui, P.R. China (Philosophy)

B.A.  Tongling Institute, Anhui, P.R. China (Teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages)

Research Interests:

Curriculum design and professional development of early childhood educators  

Assessment Strategies for early childhood education program (students, teachers and centers)

Parenting and teaching young children from different cultural backgrounds

Philosophy of Teaching

Dr. Luo has nearly thirty years of teaching experience working within multi-age group students’ settings, including newborns to adult learners, in both China and the United States. Dr. Luo has been trained as an educator in both countries.  Based on her teaching and research, Dr. Luo strongly believes that there is no single, right way to teach or to learn. Like John Dewey said“…the school must represent present life – life as real and vital to the child as that which he carries on in the home, in the neighborhood, or on the playground.”  Dr. Luo trusts that each of us are unique, as made by the Creator. Learning must be an empowering, interactive process that relies on multiple forms of methodology and instruction within developmentally appropriate instructional environments. Dr. Luo believes teachers guide tomorrow leaders and need to help students acquire broader knowledge and gain practical skills to meet the challenges in the world and to help them understand how to be a global citizen.

Duties at Southwestern College: Professor and Director of Early Childhood Education

Nili Luo, Ed.D.
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