Yini LiFollow

Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

MA in Child Development

First Advisor

Kim Ferguson

Second Advisor

Barbara Schecter


The COVID-19 outbreak at the end of 2019 forced most schools around the world to move their classrooms online. This research takes the progressive education of young children as the basic educational concept and attempts to explore the compatibility of online education and progressive education of young children through interviews with educators in the United States and China. By understanding how online teaching occurred through interviews with early childhood teachers who implemented it during the COVID-19 outbreak, and the decisions and opinions of school administrators, this study compares the different teaching measures taken by early childhood teachers in the United States and China in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak. In addition, the study recommends a progressive education model for online education of young children based on a qualitative analysis of progressive educators’ and administrators’ reported practices and perspectives.