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2006Research Conference | June 15–16

This conference highlighted the work of invited speakers, independent researchers who have received grant funds from the Institute of Education Sciences, and trainees supported through predoctoral training grants and postdoctoral fellowships. The presentations are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the U.S. Department of Education or the Institute of Education Sciences.
Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Avenue, N.W.
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Policy, NAEP, Preschool Curriculum Evaluation Research (PCER), Science, and Others

Boosting Academic Achievement by Teaching Children to Abstract Basic Relationships
Presenters: Julie K. Kidd, George Mason University
Robert Pasnak, George Mason University

Bringing the Physical Sciences into the Preschool Classroom: Balancing Content Knowledge, Inquiry Skills, and Pedagogy
Presenters: Nancy Clark-Chiarelli, Education Development Center, Inc.
Jess Gropen, Education Development Center, Inc.

Concrete Words with Perceptual Simulations: A Potential Combination for Abstract Scientific Transfer?
Presenters: Ji Y. Son, Indiana University
Robert L. Goldstone, Indiana University

Cost Accounting for Student-Level Resources
Presenters: William Hartman, Pennsylvania State University
Gary Shaffer, Pennsylvania State University

An Eco-Behavioral Analysis of Children's Engagement in Urban Public School Preschool Classrooms
Presenters: Douglas R. Powell, Purdue University
Margaret R. Burchinal, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Nancy File, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Susan Kontos, Purdue University

The Effect of Creative Curriculum Training and Technical Assistance on Head Start Classroom Quality
Presenter: Megan O'Donnell

The Impact of a Constructivist Training Program on Early Childhood Care and Education Teachers' Views of Learning and Training
Presenter: Johnetta Wade Morrison, University of Missouri-Columbia

The Importance of Curriculum and Mentoring on Teacher Behaviors that Lead to Positive Child Outcomes
Presenters: Susan H. Landry, University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston
Paul R. Swank, University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston
Michael A. Assel, University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston
Jason Anthony, University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston

Improving Numerical Estimation of Head Start Children
Presenters: Geetha B. Ramani, Carnegie Mellon University
Robert S. Siegler, Carnegie Mellon University

An Investigation of Prekindergarten Curricula: Influences on Classroom Characteristics and Child Engagement
Presenters: Christy Plummer, Vanderbilt University
Canan Aydogan, Vanderbilt University
Shin Ji Kang, Vanderbilt University
Dale Farran, Vanderbilt University
Mark Lipsey, Vanderbilt University
Carol Bilbrey, Vanderbilt University

Learning Science Through Inquiry in Kindergarten: Early Results from the Scientific Literacy Project
Presenters: Ala Samarapungavan, Purdue University
P. Y. Mantzicopoulos, Purdue University

A Longitudinal Study of the Effects of a Pre-Kindergarten Mathematics Curriculum on Low-Income Children's Mathematical Knowledge
Presenters: Alice Klein, University of California-Berkeley
Prentice Starkey, University of California-Berkeley
Douglas Clements, University at Buffalo, State University of New York
Julie Sarama, University at Buffalo, State University of New York

Manipulatives and the Development of Symbolic Thinking
Presenters: David H. Uttal, Northwestern University
Loren Marulis, Northwestern University
Judy DeLoache, Northwestern University

Multi-Scale Visualization of National and State NAEP Data through Interactive Graphics
Presenters: Gary Wolgast, Wake Forest University
Edward Ip, Wake Forest University

Preschool Teachers' Fidelity in Implementing a Comprehensive Language-Focused Curriculum
Presenters: Khara L. Pence, University of Virginia
Laura M. Justice, University of Virginia
Tse-Hua Shih, University of Virginia
Alice K. Wiggins, University of Virginia

Preschool-to-Kindergarten: A Longitudinal Study of the Effectiveness of the Early Literacy and Learning Model (ELLM)
Presenters: Stephanie Wehry, University of North Florida
Madelaine Cosgrove, Florida Institute of Education at the University of North Florida

Promoting School Success in Children Attending Pre-K Programs in Poor, Urban Schools
Presenters: Laurie Miller Brotman, New York University
Sharon Kingston, New York University
Esther Calzada, New York University
Emily Gerber Amanda Rosenfelt
Colleen O'Neal
Spring Dawson-McClure
Daniel Chesir-Teran
Keng-Yen Huang

A Study of the Efficacy of Building Language for Literacy (BLL) and Classroom Coaching for Teachers in Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS)
Presenters: Craig T. Ramey, Georgetown Center on Health and Education
Sharon L. Ramey, Georgetown Center on Health and Education
Lynda Lee, Georgetown Center on Health and Education
Cara Farneti, Georgetown Center on Health and Education

Technical and Design Issues In Running and Analyzing Small-Scale Randomized Controlled Trials for School District Decisions
Presenters: Denis Newman, Empirical Education, Inc.
Andrew Jaciw, Empirical Education, Inc.

Understanding the Relationship Between Mathematics and Science Coursework Using National Data
Presenter: Xin Ma, University of Kentucky

Use of Sampling Weights in Multilevel Models Fit to NAEP Data
Presenters: Ian Harris, Southern Methodist University
Lynne Stokes, Southern Methodist University

Young Children's Liking and Competence Beliefs in Science
Class: Measure Development and Validation

Presenters: P. Y. Mantzicopoulos, Purdue University
H. Patrick, Purdue University
A. Samarapungavan, Purdue University