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David S Kuschner

Title: Emeritus Faculty
Office: 2150B EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center
Tel: 513-556-0493
Email: david.kuschner@uc.edu

Dr. Kuschner is an associate professor in the early childhood education program. His main academic interests include child development, young children's play, and the history and philosophy of early childhood education. I am also interested in the implications of Piaget's theory for early childhood education and am co-author (with George Forman) of the book, The child's construction of knowledge: Piaget for teaching children. My most recent research interests include the play of children during times of war and the historical origins of the concept of free play.

Research Information

Research Support

  • (Collaborator), Boat, Mary Barbara; Brown, Rhonda; Carr, Victoria; Johnson, Carla; Kloos, Adelheid; Kuschner, David; Meyer, Helen; Moomaw, Sally Coup; Pan, Wei; Plevyak, Linda, Playscapes: Designed Nature Environments to Promote Informal Science Learning, National Science Foundation. (NSF DRL-1114674), $330,124.00. 10/01/2011 to 09/30/2013. Status: Active.


Published Books

  • Kushner, D. (2009). From children to red hatters: Diverse images and issues of play. Lanham, Maryland: University press of america.

Book Chapters

  • Kuschner,D. Play and culture studies. Children's play in the journal, Young Children: An analysis of how it is portrayed and why it is valued JAI Press.

Presentations & Lectures

Invited Presentations

  • Kuschner, D. (05-2006). The legacy of Mildred Parten The Association for the Study of Play, Brock University, Ontario.
  • Kuschner, D (02-2005). Montessori comes to America: What does play have to do with it? Paper presented at the Annual Conference of The Association for the Study of Play (TASP), Santa Fe, NM.
  • Kuschner, D. (02-2004). Life upon the wicked stage: Play and darkness in the musicals of Oscar Hammerstein II Paper presented at The Association for the Study of Play Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA.
  • Kuschner, D (02-2001). Children The Association for the Study of Play, Santa Fe, NM.

Paper Presentations

  • Kushner, D. (11-2008). Play and the curriculum: A problem of "unremitting contradictions". National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAETC), Brownsville, TX.
  • Kushner, D. (02-2009). "As If": The importance of make believe for children, parents, and other human beings. The Association for the Study of Play (TASP), Brownsville, TX.
  • Kushner, D. (11/20/2009). All play is not created equal: Fundamental assumptions of, and what's missing in, the new developmentall appropriate practice. Annual conference of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, Washington, D.C.
  • Kushner, D. (03/11/2010). Play, the urban child, and the new developmentally appropriate practice. Annual conference of the Association for hte Study of Play, Atlanta, GA.