Date of Award


Document Type

Non Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education




Early Childhood Education

Capstone Instructor

Cecelia Westby

Second Reader

Carmen Cook


liberation teaching, early childhood education, training


Drawing from the work of Dan Gartrell (1998/2001), the concept of "liberation teaching" is expanded to include the practices of unconditional positive regard, encouragement, and peace techniques. Social development literature from the 60's and 70's is revived to form the basis of the expanded liberation teaching practices. The study urges early childhood teachers to undergo self-assessment regarding their own biases in order to control for stigma in the classroom. Introducing liberation teaching practices results in quality teacher-child and quality peer interactions, shown by the literature to be related to increasing children's self-esteem. A Liberation Teaching Handbook is introduced that can be used as a daily teaching tool or as a facilitator for a multi-session in-service training seminar.


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