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NYTimes References Pianta’s Research


In the article Language-Gap Study Bolsters a Push for Pre-K, New York Times reporter Motoko Rich references Curry School Dean Bob Pianta’s research on early childhood teacher-child interaction, the results of which call to a need for more effective teaching in preschool.

Even these simple principles may be hard to implement, some educators say, because preschool instructors are often paid far less than public schoolteachers and receive scant training. In one study, Robert Pianta, dean of the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia, found that in observations of 700 preschool classrooms across 11 states, teachers in less than 15 percent of the classes demonstrated “effective teacher-student interactions.”

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