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Barbara Bowman

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Education Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Yellow
Favorite Food:
Lamb Roast
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Middle East
Favorite Quote:
So Far, So Good.

Birthplace

Born:
10/30/1928
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Education Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Yellow
Favorite Food:
Lamb Roast
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Middle East
Favorite Quote:
So Far, So Good.

Birthplace

Born:
10/30/1928
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Early education expert and advocate Barbara Bowman was born on October 30, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois. She earned her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence in 1950 and went on to receive her M.A. from the University of Chicago in 1952.

For many years, Bowman taught at both the preschool and elementary levels, but in 1966 she acted as one of the three founders of the Erikson Institute For Advanced Study in Child Development, where she pioneered the teaching of early childhood education and administration. She has become a sought after expert and she tirelessly pursues higher quality and more extensive training for early education practitioners. Taking her expertise abroad, she has consulted with universities in China and Iran. In addition, she has directed training programs for Head Start teachers, teachers in inner-city schools, caregivers of at-risk infants and for a Child Development Associate's program on Native American Reservations.

Bowman continues to act as the President of the Erikson Institute and of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. She has served on the boards of the Great Books Foundation, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, Roosevelt University and the Family Resource Coalition. She is the Chair of the Committee of Early Childhood Pedagogy for the National Research Council, for which she served as a member of their Committee on the Prevention of Reading Difficulties in Young Children. She and her husband, Dr. James Bowman, are the parents of one daughter, Valerie Jarrett and the grandparents of Laura Jarrett.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Barbara Bowman's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Barbara Bowman lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Barbara Bowman talks about her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Barbara Bowman describes her mother, Dorothy Jennings Taylor
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Barbara Bowman talks about her father, Robert Rochon Taylor, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Barbara Bowman talks about her father, Robert Taylor, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Barbara Bowman talks about her paternal grandfather, Robert Robinson Taylor
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Barbara Taylor describes her earliest memories of the Rosenwald Apartments in Chicago
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Barbara Bowman talks about her father's, Robert Rochon Taylor, development of the Rosenwald Apartments with Julius Rosenwald
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Barbara Bowman describes her father, Robert Rochon Taylor
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Barbara Bowman talks about developing a sense of community involvement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Barbara Bowman talks about family members who "passed" as white in the past
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Barbara Bowman describes growing up with her sister, HistoryMaker Lauranita Dugas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Barbara Bowman describes the sights, smells, and sounds of growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Barbara Bowman describes herself as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Barbara Bowman talks about Mrs. Oneida Cockrell, her nursery school teacher at the Rosenwald Apartments
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Barbara Bowman describes Mrs. Oneida Cockrell's significance to her career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Barbara Bowman talks about her and her mother's shared artistic ability
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Barbara Bowman talks about the people who influenced her in the black community in Chicago
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Barbara Bowman describes the changing neighborhood at the Rosenwald Apartments in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Barbara Bowman talks about her father's position as the first African American chairman of the Chicago Housing Authority in 1939
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Barbara Bowman describes her experience attending boarding school at Northfield Mount Hermon Preparatory School in Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Barbara Bowman describes her experience at Sarah Lawrence College from 1947 to 1950
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Barbara Bowman talks about meeting her husband, HistoryMaker Dr. James Bowman
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Barbara Bowman describes graduate school at the University of Chicago
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Barbara Bowman talks about the development of early childhood education
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Barbara Bowman talks about moving to Iran with her husband, Dr. James Bowman
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Barbara Bowman describes her experiences as an American woman living in Iran in the 1950s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Barbara Bowman talks about starting her family while living in Iran
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Barbara Bowman reflects on her experience as a black woman living in the Middle East
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Barbara Bowman talks about the culture in Iran and Nigeria
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Barbara Bowman describes how her world travels shaped her and her family
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Barbara Bowman talks about how Chicago, Illinois had changed by 1962
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Barbara Bowman talks about the Head Start Program in 1965 and African American attitudes about early childhood education
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Barbara Bowman talks about the purpose of Head Start and the importance of language development for children
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Barbara Bowman talks about the co-founding of the Chicago School for Early Childhood Education, now the Erikson Institute, in 1966
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Barbara Bowman talks about the vision of the Erikson Institute in its early years
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Barbara Bowman describes developing the curriculum of the Erikson Institute and how it changed over the years
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Barbara Bowman describes the growth and development of the Erikson Institute in the 1960s and 1970s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Barbara Bowman describes the Early Childcare Education community in the 1960s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Barbara Bowman talks about how early childhood education has changed since co-founding the Erikson Institute
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Barbara Bowman talks about conducting early childhood educational research studies
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Barbara Bowman describes the Erikson Institute's theory on early childhood education and the interface between culture and development
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Barbara Bowman talks about building and developing the Erikson Institution
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Barbara Bowman talks about her presidency of the Erikson Institute from 1994 to 2001
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Barbara Bowman talks about fundraising and developing the Board of Directors during her presidency of Erikson Institute
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Barbara Bowman describes implementing technology into early childhood education
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Barbara Bowman reflects on the changing African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Barbara Bowman talks about the black community's changing sense of identity
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Barbara Bowman talks about her hopes and concerns for the black community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Barbara Bowman reflects on her father's legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Barbara Bowman talks about how she wants to be remembered