School of Education faculty and doctoral students presented at the 2018 Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Special Topics Character Development Meeting in Philadelphia, October 18-20.
SRCD "brings together developmental scientists, philosophers, educators, and practitioners to advance theory, research, and program practices pertinent to understanding character development as it occurs within and across the key settings of youth development. The program featured, among other topics, findings from longitudinal studies of character, work by biologists and epigenetic researchers who study social genomics and the mutually influential relations between individual and context, and practitioners within family, school, and out-of-school settings whose programs seek to promote character development. Other sessions focused on the development of measures of character development that reflect both change-sensitive and context-specific aspects of character, including its cultural variation, and evaluation strategies for assessing programs designed to promote character virtue development" (https://www.srcd.org/).
The 2018 special topics theme was Promoting Character Development Among Diverse Children and Adolescents: The Roles of Families, Schools, and Out-Of-School-Time Youth Development Programs.
2018 Presentations by SoE faculty and doctoral students (alphabetically by title)
Title: Activity Participation and Performance Character Virtues from 4th to 6th Grade: Exploring the Bidirectional Processes
Authors: Yangyang Liu, Sandra Simpkins, Deborah Vandell
Title: Contributions of Academic Efficacy and Goal Orientations to Learning Gains and Interest during a Challenging Mathematics Lesson
Authors: Emily McLaughlin Lyons, Tyler Warner, Lindsey Richland
Title: Effects of After-School Programs in Promoting Performance Character: A Systematic Meta-Analysis
Authors: Yangyang Liu, Ta-yang Hsieh, Stephanie Soto-Lara, Sandra Simpkins, Deborah Vandell, Hua Luo
Title: Sports Participation and The Development of Performance Virtues: Dynamic Relations from Childhood through Early Adolescence
Authors: Nicole Zarrett, Yangyang Liu, Sandra Simpkins, Deborah Vandell, Jacquelynne Eccles
In addition, Deborah Vandell is chairing the keynote address session, Positive Parenting and Positive Development in Children: A Business Plan; and Sandra Simpkins is moderating the session Organized After-School Activities and Character Development: A Conversation with Experts on the Field and Future Directions.
Title: Effects of a Purpose for Learning Mindset Intervention on Low-Income High School Students’ College Readiness
Authors: Jill Gandhi, Tyler W. Watts, Michael D. Masucci, C. Cybele Raver
Title: PreK Children’s Academic Orientations: A New Child Survey Measure
Authors: Erik Ruzek, Jamie Jirout, Katerina Schenke, Virginia Vitiello, Jessica Vick Whittaker, Robert C Pianta