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David Dickinson

Profile Updated: July 29, 2020
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Residing In
Nashville, TN USA
Occupation
Professor
Children
Elizabeth (Liza) Kelly Dickinson, born 1983
Jessa Ruth Dickinson, born 1987

both graduated More…from Oberlin
Yes! Attending Reunion
What are your reunion plans?

I expect to attend

Life After Oberlin

I taught elementary school in Philadelphia for five years as I got my Master's and teacher certificate from Temple. Having become interested in the role of language in reading continued my studies at Harvard's Graduate School of Education where I got my doctorate. I lived in the Boston area for 30 years, was married to Mary Fischer for 23 years and fathered two daughters who later attended Oberlin. I began a longitudinal research project with Catherine Snow examining factors that support language learning in the preschool years and the long-term effects of early language on later literacy among children from low-income homes. I moved to Nashville in 2005 where I have been on the faculty at Vanderbilt have held an an endowed Chair and served as Associate Dean. I have continued to study the language environments of preschool classrooms and the role of language in later reading, and have developed methods of helping teachers more effectively foster language learning. I will retire Dec., 2020. With Ann Morse I recently co-authored Connecting Through Talk: Nurturing Children's Development with Language, Brookes Publishing.

School Story

As a newly arrived Freshman I was eager to join in the protests again the war in Vietnam and joined protests against the naval recruitment efforts on campus. I was among the students who blocked the car from proceeding and got a taste of tear gas.

During winter term of my sophomore year I was in an experimental dance group led by a dance instructor who had been at the Esalen Institute in CA. She directed us in a nigh time performance in Peters hall in which we all performed naked.

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