PhD student Tutrang Nguyen is presenting at the EPSC Lab Meeting on January 22: "Associations between Published Preschool Curricula and Children’s School Readiness."
January 25, 2018
Abstract of Presentation
This talk will discuss the associations between widely used “whole-child” published curricula in public preschool programs, which emphasize child-centered active learning across multiple domains of children’s development, and children’s academic, socio-emotional, and executive functioning outcomes. I find very few associations between different published preschool curricula and children’s school readiness. An important consideration for this work is whether teachers implement the curriculum with fidelity as developers had intended. I collected qualitative observational data from local Head Start classrooms to understand the dynamics associated with curriculum implementation in a real-world context. Preschool teachers in Head Start are mandated to use the prescribed curriculum as a framework to guide interactions and activities in the classroom, but must also meet the demands of high-stakes policy contexts related to program planning, evaluation, and accountability. By discerning the role of curricula in center-based care settings on important child outcomes and then subsequently observing local classrooms to understand how this operates in real-world context, this mixed-methods study will help answer important policy questions related to providing a high-quality learning environment for low-income, ethnically and linguistically diverse children.
About Tutrang Nguyen