New research finds “Magic 8” preschool classroom practices
In October Lillian Mongeau of the Hechinger Report told the story of a scientist who took their research to the next level. This is the story of how new research finds “Magic 8” preschool classroom practices. In 2015 Vanderbilt researcher Dale Farran published the disappointing findings from her study of the Tennessee state preschool program. That study found the preschool program had no effect or negative effects on children by third grade. Rather than doing reasearch and just leaving it there with children in mediocre settings she decided to get involved and do something about it! “Do you just say ‘we found these outcomes’ or do you roll up your sleeves and try to do something about it?” said Farran.
Farran initiated a second study. Farran’s team collected data on teacher actions and student achievement in 26 preschool classrooms. The study of 840 children ran for two years from 2014 to 2016. From the data Farran developed eight critical actions teachers can take that can increase positive experiences. These “magic 8” actions, taken across curriculua, can improve outcomes and transform mediocre programs into high quality programs.
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