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  • Reading to Children

    April 29, 2019

    In the eyes of a child who is learning how to read, touchscreen tablets and “smart” technology are no substitute for a living, breathing adult. At least, that’s according to new research by University of Delaware doctoral student Daniela Avelar. The co …

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  • Not all state-funded pre-K programs are created equal

    March 26, 2019

    Not all state-funded pre-K programs are created equal. At least, that’s according to a major new study co-authored by Jason Hustedt, associate professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences, and research director at the Delaware I …

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  • Roberta Golinkoff featured in new documentary on play

    February 27, 2019

    What can kindergarteners gain from play-based learning? In a new documentary from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), Roberta Golinkoff highlights the advantages of a play-based approach to kindergarten and shares her research on the cognitive a …

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  • QUILS language screener for young children

    December 8, 2016

    Researchers in education, psychology and speech pathology have collaborated to develop a computerized language screener to help early childhood educators and specialists identify areas where young children are experiencing difficulties mastering langua …

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  • Becoming Brilliant helps parents/teachers raise successful children

    June 14, 2016

    In their new book, Becoming Brilliant: What Science Tells Us About Raising Successful Children, Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, Unidel H. Rodney Sharp Professor in UD’s School of Education, along with co-author Kathy Hirsh-Pasek of Temple University, focus …

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  • Playful Design

    May 27, 2016

    Early childhood education students partnered with mechanical engineering students to design developmentally-appropriate toys for young children. As a result of this successful collaboration, some toys have been identified as potential products for a toy manufacturer.

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  • Number Sense Screener to help Pre-K, K and 1st graders

    October 30, 2015

    Nancy Jordan has received funding through IES to refine and extend work on a Number Sense Screener for identifying children at risk for mathematical difficulties.

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  • Building vocabulary of low-income children

    October 30, 2015

    Roberta Golinkoff and collaborator Kathy Hirsh-Pasek designed an intervention study to test a new approach for fostering vocabulary development among preschool children from low-income homes.

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  • Starting at Home interventions

    September 15, 2015

    Starting at Home will examine the impacts and outcomes for Early Head Start parents and children to determine if participation in Promoting First Relationships parenting intervention reduces stress levels in children.

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  • Helping kindergarteners develop number sense

    September 14, 2015

    To help teachers strengthen the foundation of math skills for young children, Nancy Jordan and Nancy Dyson, School of Education, have developed a curriculum called Number Sense Interventions. Jordan is in the midst of a five-year grant from the Eunice …

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  • Diagnose Language Processing in Deaf and Hard of Hearing Infants

    September 12, 2015

    In 2015, Giovanna Morini, a postdoctoral student in UD’s School of Education was awarded a two-year postdoctoral fellowship to study, Using the Tools of Developmental Science to Diagnose Language Processing in Deaf and Hard of Hearing Infants. This two …

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  • Intervention may predict math achievement

    September 8, 2015

    SHAPE UP!: An spatial skills intervention for preschoolers that may predicts mathematics achievement This $880K 3-year study conducted by Roberta Golinkoff follows a group of preschoolers over the course of 14 months and assesses the development their …

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