Ph.D. student Melissa Callaghan has been notified that she is one of 10 doctoral students nationwide to receive a 2017 dissertation research award from the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Student and Early Career Council (SECC). Awards are competitively granted for dissertation research proposals that (a) merit special recognition (significance of the research question, theoretical rationale, methodological appropriateness, and innovation) and (b) display the strong potential to contribute to the field of child development.
Ms. Callaghan, who is advised by Associate Professor Stephanie Reich, is specializing in Learning, Teaching, Cognition, and Development (LTCD). Her research interests include early childhood educational technology, and design and effectiveness of educational gaming apps. For her dissertation, she is studying the application of child development research to educational app design: (1) How are popular preschool apps designed and do they connect with developmentally appropriate teaching practices? (2) Which types of app feedback best support preschoolers’ learning? (3) Do preschoolers using an educational app with scaffolded challenge learn better than preschoolers using the same app with randomized challenge?