President, Association for Childhood Education International
Director, Early Childhood Research Center
State University of New York at Buffalo
Buffalo, New York 14260
Jim graduated magna cum laude (Psychology) from St. Francis College (1972), received his M.Ed. from Virginia State College (1975) and Ph.D. in Early Childhood Education from the University of Illinois (1978). Dr. Hoot has had extensive teaching experience through his work with the Virginia teacher Corps and teaching in public and private elementary schools and universities. Over the past decade he has made over 350 presentations to professional organizations in the former Soviet Union, China, Estonia, Israel, Finland, Hungary, Germany, Canada, the Commonwealth of the Bahamas and the U.S. He has also contributed over 80 articles in the fields of early childhood education, educational gerontology, and computer science. He is author of Computers in Early Childhood Education: Issues and Practices (Prentice-Hall, 1986), Senior Editor of Writing with Computers in the Early Grades (Teachers College Press, 1988), Guest Editor of the 1989 theme issue of Childhood Education (Vol. 65, No.5) which focused upon "Recent Reforms in the Preparation of Teachers of Young Children Throughout the World, Senior Editor of the 1994 Theme Issue of Childhood Education,"Creating Safer Environments for Children in the Home, School, and Community." He is also Editor of the first International Focus Issue of Childhood Education (1996) "Sharing the Best the World Has to Offer for Children," and the Co-Editor of the 1997 International Focus Issue entitled "Educating Children Through the Arts." Dr. Hoot was also the Guest Editor of the 1996 Theme Issue of the Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, "World Perspectives on Early Childhood Teacher Education." He is currently President of the Association for Childhood Education International and at the State University of New York at Buffalo he directs the Early Childhood Research Center and coordinates the graduate program in Early Childhood Education.