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Student Researchers at the Center for Early Childhood Education

The Center regularly recruits students to assist with research studies. Students also conduct independent studies. Recent student involvement in research studies is described below.

2012 - 2013

Ariel Levesque, Erin Murphy, and Suzanne Slater worked with Dr. Sudha Swaminathan on a study of children's use of iPads in the classroom. The students presented their findings at the Northeast Regional Undergradate Research Conference of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges.

 

Marley Koschel, Jamie Vallarelli, and Jenny Wolff assisted Dr. Jeffrey Trawick-Smith in the 2012 TIMPANI toy study. The students co-presented the study results at the National Association for the Education of Young Children annual conference.

 

2011 - 2012

Graduate student Kelly Zimmerman assisted Dr. Jeffrey Trawick-Smith on the 2011 TIMPANI toy study. She co-presented the study results at the National Association for the Education of Young Children annual conference.

2010 - 2011

Christina Cammisa, Claire Fryer, Tasia Supino, Eliza Welling, Jennifer Wolff, and Kelly Zimmermann assisted Dr. Jeffrey Trawick-Smith and Dr. Sudha Swaminathan in a Spencer Foundation research grant studying the relationship between teacher-child play interactions and children's mathematical abilities. Read an article about the students' involvement in the July 2011 issue of Hartford Magazine.

Senior Eliza Welling and graduate student Huihui Yu assisted Dr. Jeffrey Trawick-Smith on the 2010 TIMPANI toy study.

Senior Meghan Ryczek worked with Dr. Sudha Swaminathan on a study of preschoolers’ natural use of handheld vs. desktop computers.

2009 - 2010

Graduate student Huihui Yu assisted Dr. Jeffrey Trawick-Smith and Dr. Sudha Swaminathan in a pilot study looking at the relationship between teacher-child play interactions and children's mathematical ability.

Senior Scott Johnson assisted Dr. Jeffrey Trawick-Smith in a study on the implementation of the CFDRC’s new Investigations curriculum.

2008 - 2009

Senior Meghan Breen assisted Dr. Jeffrey Trawick-Smith in a study of the relationship between the quality of teacher-child play interactions in preschool and young children’s language and literacy development.

Graduate student Niloufar Rezai conducted an analysis of the results of an on-line pilot course designed to complement the Guiding Young Children's Behavior training CD and conducted preliminary background research on toys.

Senior Heather Russell assisted Dr. Jeffrey Trawick-Smith in research looking at the effects of different types of toys on children’s cognitive and social behaviors.

Graduate student Manjari Pathak coded archived video footage to facilitate easier searching for specific types of teacher/child interactions.

2006 - 2007

Graduate student Jessica Neuman conducted a study of the use of video modeling in promoting the positive social behaviors of young children with autism. (Center faculty advisors: Dr. Sudha Swaminathan and Dr. Jeffrey Trawick-Smith)            

2005 - 2006

Graduate student Traci Dziurgot assisted Dr. Jeffrey Trawick-Smith in a study on the effect of a teacher’s level of education on his or her ability to assess the level of support children need when engaged in different play activities.

To read more about student involvement in Center activities, visit our Student Engagement page.