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Teaching Educators to Advance Math/Science in Underserved and Underrepresented Populations

To improve the quality of Pre-K children’s lives, particularly those from underserved and underrepresented populations, by ensuring that all children are equipped with the knowledge needed to succeed in math/science. One skill predictive of success in science/math is one’s ability to think about the spatial world, including the ability to recognize and talk about shapes, sizes, locations and patterns. Spatial thinking is also a significant predictor of STEM achievement and subsequent entry into these fields, yet we know little about early classroom factors that affect and promote the development of this skill in Pre-K children.

  • Focus: K-12: Early childhood education
  • Contact: Shannon M. Pruden, PhD, sdick@fiu.edu, Psychology, College of Arts, Sciences & Education