During this course, you have had an opportunity to learn about and reflect on the contributions of people throughout history who dedicated their lives to understanding young children. Their work has impacted countless educators, educational programs, and of course, children themselves.

Reflect on your learning throughout this course. Given your new knowledge and insights, respond to the following questions:

  • Which of the people featured in this course would you have liked to have had as one of your mentors? Why?
  • How would you like to affect the history of education? What contribution would you like to make? What do you hope you are remembered for?

Assignment length: 1–2 pages






John Locke

Horace Mann

Jane Addams

Paulo Freire

Johann Pestalozzi

Friedrich Froebel

John Dewey

Maria Montessori 

Jean Piaget

Lev Vygotsky

Erik Erikson

Lilian G. Katz

Howard Gardner

Daniel Goleman

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