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The philosophy behind HighScope is based on child development theory and research, originally drawing on the work of Jean Piaget and John Dewey. Since then, the HighScope Curriculum has evolved to include the findings of ongoing cognitive-developmental and brain research.
David P. Weikart was an American psychologist and founder of the High/Scope Cognitively-Oriented Curriculum, an early childhood education program. Born in 1931, in Ohio.
In 1949, David graduated from South High School in Youngstown. In 1953, Weikart graduated from the Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, with a major in psychology and a minor in zoology. While attending college, Weikart worked as a counsellor and a program director at a YMCA camp in Rochester, New York.
While teaching English and biology at Canfield High School in Ohio, Weikart began taking courses in education at Youngstown University in the spring of 1956. In the autumn ofthis year, Weikart enrolled in a University of Michigan joint PhD program in Education and Psychology. During his time at the University of Michigan, Weikart met his future wife, Phyllis Saxton. At that time, Phyllis was a master's candidate in the Department of Health and Physical Education. In 1957, David and Phyllis were married in Shelton, Connecticut.
In 1957, Weikart began working part-time as a school psychologist for the Public Schools Michigan. At about the same time, Weikart and his wife began working in leadership positions at several summer camps until they founded the High/Scope Camp in 1963.
On December 9, 2003, at the age of 72, Weikart passed away during his battle with leukemia.
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