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John McNeil

(1919 - 2021) Professor Emeritus
John McNeil
John McNeil

John McNeil
(1919 - 2021) Professor Emeritus

John McNeil, UCLA emeritus professor of education, died on April 10 at the age of 101. The scholar of reading and international development arrived at UCLA in 1956 to lead the Teacher Education Program and was a World War II veteran who served as a gunnery officer onboard the USS Achernar, a cargo ship that was deployed in the Battle of Normandy on June 6, 1944, with General Omar Bradley and General Courtney Hodges on board. 

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  • B.A. and M.A., English, San Diego State University, 1947
  • Ed.D., Education, Teachers College Columbia University, 1956
  • Honorary degrees - Escuela Normal, Iguala Mexico, 1960; Universidad Texcala, Mexico, 1984; Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico, 1981; East China Normal University, 1991

Select Publications

  • ”Contemporary Curriculum”-Seventh Edition published in English Arabic, and Chinese. (New York: Wiley 2010).
  • “Curriculum The Teacher’s Initiative” Third edition published in English, Korean and Chinese. (Saddle River, NJ Pearson 2003)
  • “Five Ways Schools Can Kill Learning” EDUCATION WEEK 28. no 10 (October29, 2008).
  • External Evaluation:-“The Galileo Program: Building a Technology Rich Model of Performance –Based New Teacher Assessment (PACT).” (UC Riverside, Graduate School of Education  August 2005}

Read More about John's Life in UCLA Newsroom