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Deborah Stipek

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Deborah Stipek

Professor Emerita

Assistant: Kimberley Kim

Office: CERAS 433


Dr. Stipek's scholarship concerns early childhood and elementary education, especially focused on math and motivation. In addition to her scholarship, Dr. Stipek has an interest in policies affecting young children and early childhood education,. She served for five years on the Board on Children, Youth and Families at the National Research Council; she was the Chair of National Research Council Committee for Increasing High School Students' Engagement and Motivation to Learn and she directed the MacArthur Foundation Network on Teaching and Learning. She currently chairs the Heising-Simons Development and Research on Early Math Education Network. While a professor at UCLA, Dr. Stipek served as Director of the Corinne Seeds University Elementary School and the Urban Education Studies Center.

Other Titles

Professor Emeritus, Graduate School of Education

Program Affiliations


Research Interests

Child Development | Early Childhood | Math Education | Motivation | Parents and Family Issues

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Recent Publications

Kerig, P. K. (2004). Constructive and destructive behavior: Implications for family, school, and society. AMER PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOC 750 FIRST ST NE, WASHINGTON, DC 20002-4242 USA.

Stipek, D. J. (2002). Motivation to learn: Integrating theory and practice. Allyn and Bacon Boston.

Stipek, D. J., Stipek, D., & Seal, K. (2001). Motivated minds: Raising children to love learning. Macmillan.

Deborah Stipek in the News & Media

Professor Deborah Stipek discusses the importance of free play and "playful learning," which contributes to young children’s academic skills without undermining their motivation to learn.
December 8, 2021
Professor Deborah Stipek emphasizes the challenge for educators in navigating the variability of children’s experiences this year.
June 22, 2021
Professor Deborah Stipek talks about the value of modeling to establish a learning culture at home.
April 20, 2021
Professor Deborah Stipek discusses the implications of thousands of California families choosing to keep their children out of kindergarten during the pandemic.
February 9, 2021
Professor Deborah Stipek talks about the importance of giving first-grade teachers leeway to tailor the pace of the curriculum to address students’ varying needs.
January 28, 2021
As students prepare for more online learning, Deborah Stipek advises not to think about what they're missing out on but how to create new opportunities to learn during this challenging time.
July 31, 2020
Professor Deborah Stipek discusses the importance of early mathematical thinking for developing cognitive abilities later in life.
May 9, 2020
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