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Melissa Heston

Associate Professor - Early Childhood Education
(319) 273-2236

Department of Curriculum and Instruction
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0606

Areas of Expertise: 

child development
self-study in teacher education

Courses Taught: 

ELEMECML 4121 Infant and Toddler Curriculum and Guidance
LITED 3119 Language Development and Emergent Literacy
ELEMECML 6201 Issues and Trends
EDPSYCH 2017 Exploring Teaching
EDPSYCH 2030 Dynamics of Human Development
EDPSYCH 4109 Development and Assessment of Young Children

Research Interests: 

self-study of teacher education practices
teacher licensure and criminal histories of teacher candidates

Selected Publications: 

Kottman, T., & Heston, M.L. (2012). The child’s inner life and asense of community. In J. Carlson (ed.), Alfred Adler Revisited (p.122-127). New York: Routledge.

Tidwell, D.L., & Heston, M.L. (2010). Past as Prologue: Recursive Reflection Using Professional Histories. Navigating the Public and Private: Negotiating the Diverse Landscape of Teacher Education. Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference of the Self-Study of Teacher Education Practices (pp. 265-268). Provo,Utah: Brigham Young University (ISBN 13: 978-1-55339-369-6).

Tidwell, D. L., Heston, M. L., & Fitzgerald, L. M. (Eds.). (2009). Research Methods for the Self-Study of Practice. Berlin: Springer.

Honors & Awards: 

John R. Endwright Distinguished Alumni Service Award, 2011. School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.
College of Education Outstanding Service Award for 2007-2008. University of Northern Iowa.
Nominee for the 2007 Veridian Credit Union Community Engagement Award.
Apple Polishers Award. 2006-2007. Student Alumni Ambassabors.
Nominee for the 1996 University Book and Supply Outstanding Teaching Award. College of Education. University of Northern Iowa.
Proffitt Outstanding Dissertation Award. 1991. Influence of Inhabiting Level and Skill Proficiency on Satisfaction, Involvement, and Affective Expression in
Eight-, Nine-, and Ten-year-old Boys.

Professional Affiliations: 

American Education Research Association
National Association for Education of Young Children



B.S. in Physical Education; Oklahoma State University, 1980
M.A. in Physical Education; Indiana University, 1982
Ph.D in Educational Psychology; Indiana University, 1989