Whittier College News Release
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May 2, 2003
Reference: 02/03: 78
Contact: Caye Brundage Riley at (562) 907-4974
Whittier Professor Halfway Through Semester in Denmark on a Fulbright
Judith Wagner, professor
of child development and education and director of the Broadoaks Children’s
School at Whittier, is halfway through the semester as a Fulbright Scholar at
the Psychology Research Institute of the Danish University of Education.
Wagner has a dual
appointment in the departments of psychology and education, where she will
teach. She is conducting research on the social relationships between minority
and majority children in Denmark’s recently integrated schools. This is an
ongoing research interest of Wagner; she has studied this topic in the U.S. as
well as previously in Denmark when she was there as director of Whittier’s
Copenhagen program. “This topic is particularly interesting to study in a
country like Denmark,” said Wagner, “because unlike the United States, Denmark’s
population has been largely homogenous until the past decade.”
In addition to her work
in Denmark, Wagner has been invited to do a ten-day lecture tour in Cyprus on
children’s social and cognitive development. She will also work with school and
child services officials from both the Greek and Turkish communities to promote
better intergroup cooperation and ethnic identity development.
Wagner came to Whittier
in 1984 as professor of child development and education and director of
Broadoaks, one of the nation’s oldest and most well-respected demonstration
schools. She earned her B.S. at Longwood College, a M.Ed. at the University of
Toledo and Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh. She holds credentials in
preschool, elementary and secondary education and has taught at all levels from
preschool to the university.
Wagner’s current research
projects focus on techniques for interviewing child witnesses and victims of
crime, why children tell false information to adults, and how children develop
their own ethnic/cultural identities and their attitudes about ethnic/cultural
identities of others. Wagner has presented her research at many professional
meetings and conferences in the United States and Europe. She has written more
than 100 articles on education, child development and family life for books,
magazines and newspapers. She is widely quoted in the popular press and
frequently speaks on these topics.
Located 18 miles
east of Los Angeles, Whittier College is an independent, four-year college
offering traditional liberal arts majors and strong pre-professional programs
taught in the context of the liberal arts. Whittier Law School, which is
accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of
American Law Schools, is located on a separate campus in Costa Mesa.