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Academic, Child Psychologist

“I consider Rebekah Shuey one of the top five or six educators in the field of nursery education in [the United States]. She combines depth and soundness of theoretical understanding with practical knowledge of nursery school programming.”

— John H. Niemeyer

Shuey was born on August 30, 1910 in Oakland, California, and graduated from the University of California in 1932. She received her master’s degree in child development from Whittier College in 1941, and her PhD in early childhood education from New York University in 1955. Subsequently, she became a faculty member at Brooklyn University. As a Fulbright grantee from 1958 to 1960, she worked in the field of child psychology at the American College for Girls, where she also opened a nursery school play center. During her stay in Turkey, she visited several educational institutions and schools in İstanbul, Ankara, Bursa and İzmir. She later collaborated with the Ministry of Education. The book Songs for Children, which she composed with Raciye Doğan, was published by the ministry in 1963. Shuey passed away in 1994.

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