Faculty and Staff

Rebecca Pruitt

Name: Rebecca Pruitt
Title: Assistant Professor/Director, Early Childhood Education
Department: Early Childhood Education
Office Location: DL 308
E-mail: pruittre@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5626

Educational Background:
Ph.D. Oklahoma State University
M.S. Oklahoma State University
B.A. Oklahoma Baptist University

Courses Taught:
Child Development
Child, Family, Culture and Community
Physical Development and Creative Expressions
Liability, Ethics and Advocacy in Early Education
Foundations of Early Childhood Education
Introduction to Psychology
Applied Psychology

Research Interests:
Constructivist approaches in higher education
Epistemological development in adult women
Developmental benefits of interaction with nature
Novice teachers and developmentally appropriate practice

Recent Publications:

Humphries, J. & Pruitt, R. (2013). When intent and reality collide: How to support teachers’ educational opportunities within the early childhood classroom. Originally published 2010. Selected for special publication: Exchange Essentials: Mentoring.

Pruitt, R. (2011, October). Stay true or start new: Dichotomy in first year teacher experiences. Curriculum and Teaching Dialogue, 13(2).

Humphries, J. & Pruitt, R. (2010). When intent and reality collide: How to support teachers’ educational opportunities within the early childhood classroom.  Child Care Information Exchange.

Recent Presentations:

Pruitt, R. (2013, June).  Intimate with the Known:  An integrated approach to fostering autonomous learning online and face-to-face.  Session presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators, San Francisco, CA.

Pruitt, R. (2013, June).  Practicums to Playgrounds:  Building muscle for early learning’s heavy lifting.  Session presented at the National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development, National Association for the Education of Young Children, San Francisco, CA.

Pruitt, R. (2013, June).  Constructivist education and epistemological development in online and face-to-face higher learning environments.  Poster presented at the National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development, National Association for the Education of Young Children, San Francisco, CA.

Pruitt, R. (2013, May).  Many Colored Days:  Social and emotional learning in early childhood.  Session presented at the annual Early Childhood Mental Health Conference, Romeoville, IL.

Pruitt, R. (2013, February). Sound connections between authentic assessment and

authentic learning. Session presented at the annual Diocese of Joliet Institute for Prekindergarten Teachers, Elmhurst, IL.

Pruitt, R. (2013, March).  Together Forever!  Meaningful Learning & Meaningful

Assessment. Session presented at the annual Joliet Area Association for the Education of Young Children, Joliet, IL.