Two weeks ago, we asked you to choose which pieces of new research you'd like us to explore here at Early Ed Watch. You had a choice of two research posters from among a list of 10 that were presented at the recent biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development in Montreal.
We received 108 votes by midnight on April 12 -- far more than the 22 votes received in 2009 when we inaugurated this crowd-sourced approach to early childhood reporting. Thanks to everyone who took the time to let us know your preferences. We also received some constructive feedback from a reader who wished that we'd included more examples of research related to mathematics in the early years. Good point -- we'll keep a lookout for more math research in the future. We know that there were many, many great poster sessions that did not make our somewhat arbitrary list of 10. As anyone who has been to an SRCD meeting knows, there are literally thousands of new studies presented. It's nirvana for research geeks and a tricky place for generalists who are trying to get a handle on the latest trends across multiple subject areas.
Here are the results - the top two will be the subject of forthcoming blog posts:
No. of Votes*
Research Poster Title
Early Child-Parent Interactions and Later Executive Function Skills
Observing Preschoolers’ Social-Emotional Behavior: Structure, Foundations, and Prediction of School Success
Quality and Continuity from Pre-K to Kindergarten: A Longitudinal Study of Early Education Experiences for Low-Income Children
Measurement of Executive Function in Preschoolers: Development and Individual Differences
Examining an Early Literacy Professional Development Intervention: Effects on Pre-Kindergarten Teachers and Children
Relations Between Academic Language Use by Preschool Children and Later Reading Comprehension
A Cross-Cultural Comparison of Joint Book Reading in the First 18 Months
Development of Children’s School Adjustment in Early Elementary School
Evaluation of a Spanish-English Oral Language and Early Literacy Curriculum for Spanish-Speaking Head Start Preschoolers
Can Pictures Enhance Children’s Thinking During a Science Experiment?
* Readers could choose two, but some submitted one vote only.
We're looking forward to diving in and learning what we can about the preliminary results that came from these two studies. The authors of the research poster on executive function skills are Jess Versele, Christy D. Wolfe, Katherine C. Morasch, Morgan Hubble, Martha Ann Bell. Most of them hail from Virginia Tech. The authors of the poster on social-emotional development are Susanne Ayers Denham, Hideko H. Bassett, Sara C. Kalb, Melissa S. Mincic. Most of them are based at George Mason University -- another Virginia institution.
If you happen to be one of these researchers, be on the lookout for our emails. We'll be in touch. Congrats.