Research News

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Wayne Norman show 350x251December 13, 2016CECE Researchers Discuss 2016 TIMPANI Toy Study on Local Radio Show

Principal investigator Jeffrey Trawick-Smith, Co-Investigator Julia DeLapp, and undergraduate student researcher Leah Slawinowski discussed findings from the 2016 TIMPANI Toy Study on the Wayne Norman radio show on WILI (1400 AM). Plus-Plus (midi size) was named 2016 TIMPANI Toy.
TIMPANI press conference 350 x251December 12, 2016Researchers Announce Findings of 2016 TIMPANI Toy Study

Eastern Connecticut State University’s Center for Early Childhood Education announced that Plus-Plus, a construction toy produced by Danish company Plus-Plus, has been named the 2016 TIMPANI (Toys that Inspire Mindful Play and Nurture Imagination) Toy. As part of the 2016 study, the toys were placed in preschool classrooms, and student researchers used hidden cameras to videotape children playing with the toys. Researchers then coded the footage according to the study’s evaluation rubric, which includes four subscales: thinking and problem-solving, cooperation and social interaction, creativity and imagination, and verbalization.
Journal of Early Childhood ResearchDecember 1, 2016CECE Researchers Publish Article About the Relationship Between Complexity of Block Structures and Math Learning

Principal Investigators Jeffrey Trawick-Smith and Sudha Swaminathan, along with student researchers Brooke Baton, Courtney Danieluk, Samantha Marsh, and Monika Szarwacki, recently published the article "Block play and mathematics learning in preschool: The effects of building complexity, peer and teacher interactions in the block area, and replica play materials" in the Journal of Early Childhood Research. The article outlines study findings that the level of social participation and percentage of structures built without toys predicted the complexity of children’s buildings. This building complexity was, in turn, associated with growth in math learning, as measured by Tools for Early Assessment in Mathematics.
NAEYC 2016e 350x251November 7, 2016CECE Students and Faculty Present Research at NAEYC in Los Angeles

Dr. Jeffrey Trawick-Smith and student researchers Rachel Borden, Sarah Coady, Liv Palen, and Leah Slawinowski presented findings of a study on math talk at the annual meeting of the National Association for the Education of Young Children on November 4, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.
Spencer 2016 350x233September 30, 2016CECE Awarded Prestigious Spencer Research Grant

The Center for Early Childhood Education has been awarded a prestigious Small Research Grant from the Spencer Foundation for the study “The Relationship of Teacher-Child Math Talk During Preschool Play To Young Children’s Mathematics Learning.” Professors Jeffrey Trawick-Smith and Sudha Swaminathan will study how the kinds of conversations teachers have with young children during free play related to quantity, size, shape, and numerical problem-solving affect children’s math learning over time. Ten undergraduate students will be involved in the study. The study will build on previous research conducted by Drs. Trawick-Smith and Swaminathan. The study will run from September 2016 – August 2017. Read more about the award.
Child Care and Early Education Research Connections 300x58July 7, 2016CECE Research Article Selected as Featured Article

"Naptime data meetings to increase the math talk of early care and education providers," an article published in the Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education about a CECE study, was recently featured in the Research Connections News & Resources newsletter and the "Recent Highlights from Our Collection" section of the Child Care and Early Education Research Connections website. Child Care and Early Education Research Connections is a federally funded project jointly conducted at Columbia University and the University of Michigan that provides free access to a searchable collection of over 27,000 research-related documents on child care and early education as well as to over 300 downloadable datasets from national surveys and evaluations.
Journal of Early Childhood Teacher EducationMay 10, 2016CECE Researchers Publish Article About Improving Math Outcomes Through Naptime Meetings

Principal Investigator Jeffrey Trawick-Smith and student researchers Heather Oski, Kim DePaolis, Kristen Krause, Alyssa Zebrowski, recently published the article "Naptime data meetings to increase the math talk of early care and education providers" in the Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education. The article outlines study findings that having brief, data-based staff meetings during naptime in community-based child care classrooms can positively impact providers’ math interactions with their students as well as predict growth in children’s math abilities 6 months later.

Read more about the article and the students' experiences working on the study.
AERA_LogoApril, 2016CECE Investigators Present Research at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association

Jeffrey Trawick-Smith and Sudha Swaminathan, investigators in the CECE, presented a research paper at the prestigious American Educational Research Association annual meeting in Washington, DC. The paper, titled "The Relationship of Block Play to Mathematics Learning in Preschool," was part of a panel presentation on early education and development.
wayne norman timpani 2015 350x225December 8, 20152015 TIMPANI Researchers Appear on Wayne Norman Radio Show

Jeffrey Trawick-Smith, principal investigator of the TIMPANI toy study, student researcher Heather Oski, and TIMPANI coordinator Lisa Petropoulos discussed the findings of the 2015 TIMPANI Toy Study on the Wayne Norman radio show on WILI (1400 AM).
TIMPANI 2015 350x233December 7, 2015Researchers Announce Findings of 2015 TIMPANI Toy Study

Eastern Connecticut State University’s Center for Early Childhood Education announced that a wooden cash register produced by Hape Toys has been named the 2015 TIMPANI (Toys that Inspire Mindful Play and Nurture Imagination) Toy. As part of the 2015 study, the toys were placed in preschool classrooms, and student researchers used hidden cameras to videotape children playing with the toys. Researchers then coded the footage according to the study’s evaluation rubric, which includes four subscales: thinking and problem-solving, cooperation and social interaction, creativity and imagination, and verbalization.
block play NAEYC 350x263November 18, 2015CECE Students and Faculty Present Research at NAEYC in Orlando

Jeffrey Trawick-Smith, Phyllis Waite Endowed Chair in the CECE, and four student researchers, Brooke Baton, Courtney Danieluk, Samantha Marsh, and Monika Szarwacki, presented findings of a study on block play and mathematical thinking at the annual meeting of the National Association for the Education of Young Children on November 20, 2015 in Orlando, Florida. Ms. Marsh also presented her research on children’s choice of play centers in preschools at the annual Play Research Forum of Play, Policy, and Practice at the conference.
The Why Factor 350x253September 25, 2015TIMPANI Toy Study Featured in an episode of The Why Factor on BBC Radio

Jeffrey Trawick-Smith, one of the principal investigators of the annual TIMPANI Toy Study conducted by the CECE, was interviewed by Hannah Moore, host of a radio show on BBC called The Why Factor. This popular show in Europe explores “the extraordinary and hidden histories behind everyday objects and activities that define our lives in the 21st Century.” Dr. Trawick-Smith offered his expertise on toys and play and their importance in shaping human development.
timpani 2014 Wayne Norman 350xDecember 2, 2014CECE Researchers Discuss 2014 TIMPANI Toy Study on Local Radio Show

Principal investigator Jeffrey Trawick-Smith, undergraduate student researcher Kim DePaolis, and research coordinator Julia DeLapp discussed findings from the 2014 TIMPANI Toy Study on the Wayne Norman radio show on WILI. Paint and Easel (easel by Community Playthings) and Hot Wheels Cars by Mattel were both named 2014 TIMPANI Toys.