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Betty Hart, Ph.D.

Betty Hart, Ph.D. Biography: Betty Hart, Ph.D., began her career in the early 1960s at the Institute for Child Development at the University of Washington, where she participated in the original demonstrations of the power of learning principles in influencing young children. With Montrose Wolf and Todd Risley, she introduced the basic procedures of adult attention and time-out now routinely taught and used in teaching and parenting. She also helped introduce the procedures for shaping speech and language widely used in special education. In 1965, she and Todd Risley began more than 35 years of collaborative work at the University of Kansas, when they established preschool intervention programs in poverty neighborhoods in Kansas City. Their study of what children actually do and say in day care and preschool and their publications on incidental teaching from the empirical base for contemporary child-centered teaching practices in preschool and special education. Dr. Hart was Professor Emeritus of Human Development at The University of Kansas, and Senior Scientist at the Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies at The University of Kansas. She remained focused on the language development of preschool children.

Betty Hart, Ph.D.'s Books

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  • Meaningful Differences in the Everyday Experience of Young American Children

    ISBN: 978-1-55766-197-5


    More widely cited than ever before, this book presents findings on the disparities in daily interactions between parents and children of different socioeconmic backgrounds and the effect of these disparities on children's vocabulary and later intellectual performance.

    Hardcover $49.95 Qty:
  • The Social World of Children Learning to Talk

    ISBN: 978-1-55766-420-4


    Based on data from 2-1/2 years of observing 1- and 2-year-old children learning to talk in their own homes, this book charts the month-by-month growth of the children's vocabulary, utterances, and use of grammatical structures and evaluates the effect of parent — child interactions on the language development process.

    Paperback $34.95 Qty:

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