This week the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) is hosting a visiting scholar from the Institute of Child Development and the Center for Neurobehavioral Development at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Stephanie Carlson is an expert in early childhood research that uses multiple methods and cross-cultural studies. Although Carlson has interests in theory of mind and pretend play, she will be mainly focusing on work relating to the development of children’s executive function (the self-control of thought and action).
Carlson, who is a Co-PI on a grant to develop an executive function intervention for homeless/highly mobile children, noted, “I’m interested in how to implement and scale up educational interventions. CASTL is a leader in successfully completing these types of projects, and I’m hoping to learn more about challenges of this type of work.”
She will be meeting with researchers and graduate students at CASTL during her visit, as well as key faculty from the Psychology Department. Discussions will center around some of the lessons learned from large-scale interventions, like the National Center on Research in Early Childhood Education (NCRECE) and the development of observational tools, like the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS), both work completed at CASTL.
Carlson is also the lead on a number of grants to develop new measurement tools for educators and researchers. “I’m interested to learn how the CLASS has evolved into the wide-scale measure and popular program it is today,” said Carlson. “Then apply this to my work as the need for assessing executive function in early childhood is reaching beyond clinical and basic research purposes toward school readiness, classroom behavior, learning and achievement.”
She will be leading a Guest Lecture sponsored by CASTL on Tuesday April 2nd from 12:30-1:30 PM in Bavaro Hall (Rm. 116, Holloway Hall) entitled “Measuring and promoting executive function in young children.” The audio files of her talk and resources provided during the lecture are available online.
Dr. Carlson is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Div. 7) and the Association for Psychological Science, is Vice President of the Jean Piaget Society, and serves on several editorial boards including Child Development.
By Leslie M. Booren