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Research at the CECE

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The research mission of the Center for Early Childhood Education is to conduct original, methodological studies of young children that are highly innovative in the questions they ask, the methods they use, and their underlying theoretical frameworks. Our research produces findings that have clear and significant implications for professional practice and the support of young children and their families.

Study findings are shared through publications in scholarly journals, but also shared through teacher- and policymaker-friendly research briefs and teacher tips. Research findings are also shared in conference presentations and in videos produced by the CECE.

Explore the links below to learn more about our study findings or to get involved in CECE research.

Julia DeLapp at podium announcing results of 2015 TIMPANI study

Research News

Keep up to date with the latest research news from the Center, including presentations, conferences, and interviews.

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Research Videos

Watch easily digestible videos that summarize CECE research findings and provide implications for practice.

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Research Briefs and Publications

Read briefs and white papers that detail findings from Center research and provide practical implications for the classroom. Read research briefs
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Opportunities for Faculty and Student Research

Find out how to get involved in CECE research and about the support the CECE can provide to independent researchers. Learn more
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CECE Research Team

Meet the faculty, staff, and students who conduct research at the CECE.

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Previous Studies

Read summaries of study findings from research conducted since 2006.

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Current and Ongoing Research

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Coding by Preschoolers: Study of their Socio-Emotional and Programming Behaviors and Impact on their Math Abilities

Sudha Swaminathan, student researchers Learn more
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Association of Preschoolers’ Inhibitory Control with Symbolic Play in the Pretend and Block Centers

Jeffrey Trawick-Smith, Julia DeLapp, student researchers Learn more
STTI study

A Social Turn-Taking Intervention for Young Children with Autism

Kwangwon Lee, Student researchers Learn more
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Early Childhood Teacher Candidates’ Competency in Assistive Technology

Kwangwon Lee Learn more
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Evaluating the Effectiveness of an Alternative Practicum in Early Childhood Special Education

Kwangwon Lee & Sudha Swaminathan Learn more