Christine Chaillé, PhD, is a professor and chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Portland State University. She has been teaching at Portland State University since 1991 and her focus is on early childhood education. She earned her doctorate from UCLA, and studied with Jean Piaget at the University of Geneva.
She co-authored The Young Child as Scientist: A Constructivist Approach to Early Childhood Science Education, now in its third edition, and has a new book, Big Ideas: Constructivism Across the Early Childhood Curriculum: Big Ideas as Inspiration. She has written many publications, primarily on the importance of children's play.
Her recent research includes the role universities can play in inspiring innovative practice, particularly through the study of the schools of Reggio Emilia in Italy. She is also working with Hands to Hearts Internatonal and has developed a curriculum on child development for caregivers in orphanages in India, a curriculum that will be used with other vulnerable populations and in other countries.
She is past president of the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators, and past chair of the Early Education/Child Development Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association.
Christine Chaillé, PhD
Portland State University
Graduate School of Education
Curriculum and Instruction
PO Box 751
615 SW Harrison
Room 570 BA
Portland, OR 97207-0751