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May 2010 Archives

New Video Featuring Eastern Students

  Copy of Denise and Dan 002.jpgThe Center for Early Childhood Education recently developed a video highlighting the work of Eastern students in research and professional activities. The video notes that, in partnership with Eastern's Child and Family Development Resource Center, the Center involves about 180 students a year in research, creative activity, course assignments, and teaching experiences. In the video, four students discuss what their experiences with the Center have meant to them, and how their research and professional experiences have enhanced what they've learned in class. To view the video and read more information on student engagement at the Center for Early Childhood Education, visit our student engagement page

Center Awarded Prestigious Spencer Foundation Research Grant

Three faculty in the Center for Early Childhood Education have been awarded a research grant from the Spencer Foundation for the proposal: "The relationship of teacher-child interactions in preschool play to young children's mathematical ability."  Dr. Jeffrey Trawick-Smith, Dr. Sudha Swaminathan, and Dr. Xing Liu will use the Center's video technology to identify classroom interventions in play that are associated with math achievement in preschoolers. 

The research study will investigate two questions:

  1. Which math-focused teacher interactions in preschool children's play are associated with math achievement?
  2. Is there a stronger association between such interactions and math ability if the level of teacher guidance--direct, indirect, or no interaction--matches the child's current level of play need?

The study will be conducted from August 2010 through August 2011.

Gruenberg book cover.jpgDr. Ann M. Gruenberg, Professor of Education and faculty member at the Center for Early Childhood Education, has co-authored a new book entitled, "A Practical Guide to Early Childhood Inclusion: Effective Reflection." Published by Prentice Hall, the book is designed to help early childhood professionals reflect on overcoming barriers to the inclusion of young children with developmental challenges in general early childhood classrooms.

The Center will be hosting a talk and book signing by Dr. Gruenberg on Wednesday, May 19th.  To RSVP, please contact Jean Filip at 860/465-0885 or filipj@easternct.edu.