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Bing School celebrates 25 years as child study lab

STANFORD -- Bing Nursery School, a laboratory for research in child development and education of Stanford students, will celebrate its 25th anniversary on Saturday, June 1, with a morning symposium and an afternoon reunion tea party.

The quarter-century celebration, a Stanford centennial event open to the community at no charge, will begin with a 9 a.m. to noon symposium, titled "Toward a Deeper Understanding of the Development of the Young Child," in Jordan Hall, room 40.

The afternoon event will reunite those who have attended the school with the Stanford students, researchers and teachers who worked with them.

The symposium will present an overview of research conducted at the Bing School. Prof. Alberta E. Siegel, chair of the school's 25th Anniversary Celebration Committee, will review the history of the school and will introduce Dr. and Mrs. Peter S. Bing, whose gift in 1965 made the school's founding possible. Siegel also will introduce nursery school director Jeanne W. Lepper, as well as members of the family of the late Prof. Edith M. Dowley, the founding director of the school.

Ewart Thomas, dean of humanities and sciences, will moderate a panel on research on social development, featuring Profs. Albert Bandura, Rafael M. Diaz, Eleanor E. Maccoby and Mark R. Lepper.

Prof. Sanford M. Dornbusch, director of the Center for the Study of Families, Children and Youth, will moderate a panel discussing research on intellectual development. Faculty members Robbie Case, Ellen M. Markman and John Flavell will speak.

All of the faculty members have conducted research at Bing Nursery School.

From 11:30 a.m. to noon, participants will take part in a roundtable discussion led by Prof. Albert H. Hastorf.

Bing Nursery School was constructed in 1966 with a grant from the National Science Foundation and a matching gift from the Bing family. It was designed as a laboratory for quantitative research in child development, a place for qualitative child study and a base for psychology classes.

Observers, researchers and interns from communication, education, pediatrics, psychiatry, human biology and other university departments and programs have conducted research at the school.



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