The Center for Early Childhood Education at Eastern Connecticut State University is pleased to announce the release of two new videos related to supporting math learning in early childhood settings. The videos were developed based on a study conducted by Center faculty and students with the support of the Spencer Foundation. The study looked at the relationship between children's mathematics achievement and teacher-child interactions during play. Preschool children were videotaped over the course of the year during free play periods, and their interactions with teachers were coded and analyzed. These findings were compared with gains that children made in mathematics ability from fall to spring according to a standard measurement tool. The findings indicate that how teachers interact with and communicate with children while they play has powerful impacts on children's mathematical learning.
The Center has produced two videos related to the study:
1. The first video kicks off our new Research Clips video series. The video describes the methodology of the study and outlines the major findings and study implications. You can view the video at: http://www.easternct.edu/cece/math_play_study_video.html.
2. The second video is part of our e-clips series. Designed with current and future teachers in mind, the video illustrates how teachers can use math talk to support children's math learning. (One of the major study findings was around the importance of engaging children in "math talk" throughout the day.) The video is available at: http://www.easternct.edu/cece/e-clips_math_talk.html.