Daniel Meier

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Daniel Meier is Professor of Elementary Education. Meier has taught at SFSU since 1997, and has a B.A. from Wesleyan University, an Ed.M. from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.

He currently teaches courses in the MA Early Childhood Education program and also the Multiple Subject Credential Program. He is also Co-Project Investigator for a grant (with Dr. Judy Kysh) from SFSU's Center for Math and Science to work with local teachers on inquiry-based work in math and science.

His research interests are in young children's multilingual and literacy development, narrative and memoir, early childhood international education, and teacher research and inquiry.

In addition to essays and articles, he is the editor of Here's the Story: Using Narrative to Promote Children's Language and Literacy Learning; co-author with Dr. Barbara Henderson of Learning from Young Children in the Classroom: The Art and Science of Teacher Research; The Young Child's Memory for Words: First and Second Language and Literacy Learning; Scribble Scrabble: Learning to read and write; Learning in Small Moments: Life in an Urban Classroom (all with Teachers College Press). He is also the Co–Editor (with Barbara Henderson) of Voices of Practitioners, an online publication of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.


  • Ph.D. Education (Language and Literacy). University of California, Berkeley, CA, 1994.

  • Ed.M. Education (Reading and Language). Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 1984.

  • Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT, 1985–1988. Participation in Programs in Writing and English literature.

  • B.A. English (honors), Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, 1982.

Chairs, Dissertations Completed


  • Dajani, M. & Meier, D.  (2018).  The role of narrative in culturally responsive literacy education: A collaborative project in U.S. and Palestinian preschools.  International Journal of Early Years Education, 1-14. 

  • Escamilla, I.M., Khales, B., Meier, D.R., & Melgoza, M. (2018).  Reflecting across borders —  Palestinian and U.S. early childhood educators engage in collaborative science inquiry.Voices of Practitioners, 58-65. 

  • Escamilla, I.M. & Meier, D.R.  (2017).  The promise of teacher inquiry and reflection: Early childhood teachers as change agents.  Studying Teacher Education, 14(1), 1-19.    

  • Kroll, L.K. & Meier, D.R.  (2017). Documentation and inquiry in the early childhood classroom: Research stories of engaged practitioners in urban centers and schools.  New York: Routledge.

  • Sisk-Hilton, S. & Meier, D.R.  (2016).  Narrative inquiry in early childhood and elementary school: Learning to teach, teaching well.  New York: Routledge.

  • Kroll, L.R. & Meier, D.R.  (Eds.).  (2015).  Educational change in international early childhood contexts: Crossing borders of reflection.  (Co-Published). New York: Routledge.  Washington, DC: Association for Childhood International.

  • Meier, D. & Sisk-Hilton, S.  (Eds.).  (2013).  Nature education in early childhood educationIntegrating inquiry and practice.  New York: Routledge.

  • Perry, G., Henderson, B., & Meier, D.R.  (Eds.).  (2012).  Our inquiry, our practice: Undertaking, supporting, and learning from early childhood teacher researchers. Washington, D.C.: National Association for the Education of Young Children.

  • P.S. my real name is Kirstin. (1989). In N. Atwell (Ed.), Writing I-Writing and literature, (pp. 37-43). Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

  • Who will teach our children? Op-Ed, San Francisco Chronicle. 12 May 2008.

  • Poems as Stories: Memories Illuminating the Lives of Experienced Early Childhood Teachers. (2008). Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, (29) 1, 59-65.

  • Early literacy. (2008). Early Childhood Education Encyclopedia (3 volumes), New, R. & Cochran, M. (Eds). Greenwood Publishing.

  • Henderson, B., Meier, D., Perry, G. (2004). Voices of practitioners: Teacher researach in early childhood education. Young Children, (59) 2, 94–96.

  • Meier, D., Espiritu, E., Villazana-Price, N., & Wong, M. (2002). Promoting teacher research in early childhood: A collaborative project on children's language and literacy learning. Young Children, (57) 5, 71-79.