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The life of a Teacher / Student / Mother


A positive Effect of research



As I looked through the current research on early childhood education, I looked further into a study entitled, What Specific Preschool Math Skills Predict Later Math Achievement? (Nguyen, 2015). This caught my attention because it is a recent discussion in our district. What are the most critical areas to focus on in early mathematical discovery?   I found this study very interesting and a great example of the positive effect research can have on children and families with the use of minimal risk research.


This study expanded on previous research that found math achievement levels at school entry are strong indicators of later academic success (Nguyen, 2015) and research that concluded children of low SES families have less mathematical knowledge than families of higher SES(Nguyen, 2015). The goal of this research was to determine specific mathematical competencies in low-income and minority families that predicted later mathematical academic achievement (Nguyen, 2015). The study concluded counting and cardinality are the strongest predictors of later success, then operations and algebraic thinking, and finally geometry skills. The study also concluded measurement and data skills were not predictors of later success by did not discount their importance (Nguyen, 2015).


This study can have a positive impact on children and families. Knowing what areas of early mathematics are predictors of latter success can help narrow standard and curriculum focus in early childhood, allowing professionals to teach more deeply. I feel this study will help schools narrow down early mathematic focus and better support all children and especially low SES and minority children.


More studies and data should continue to be compiled on this topic to qualify the data further and expand the research to a national level. The next important step is to determine how best to teach these critical areas of mathematical development in a developmentally appropriate way to young children.



Nguyen, T., Watts, T.W., Duncan, G. J., Clements, D. H., Sarama, J., Wolfe, C. B., Spitler, E. (2015). What       Specific Preschool Math Skills Predict Later Math Achievement?. Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness.







My Early Childhood Research Focus


My research topic:

            What strategies can teachers and students use to support social and emotional deficits in young children in a classroom setting due to a lack of responsive and consistent care at home?


I choose this topic because I feel the there is a shift in the field of education and teachers are unprepared to support it. In my personal experience the over the years there has been a decline in the social and emotional stability of students at the earliest levels of the educational. I am a preschool teacher and this year was the hardest year of behavioral challenges in my 9 years of teaching. Teachers need more education on the variety of trauma that can cause this shift and just as important teachers need strategies to support children in a classroom. I have chosen this topic to support my professional growth and ability to support my student in all domains of education. I hope to provide reliable resources and strategies for my colleagues in the program I work, my community, and others in the field of early childhood.


Through my current course, Building Research Competency I am developing a stronger ability to assess the quality and validity resources on this topic. I am learning to better differentiate research-based resources from opinion and experienced based resources. Through this journey, I welcome any advise and resources readers may have that will support my efforts. I look forward to reading colleagues research topics and will support in any way possible.