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Systematic review of the literature on the effectiveness of early childhood education curricula and instructional practices on language and literacy development

Region:
Southeast
Abstract:

Description: The REL Southeast has been asked by members of the Southeast School Readiness partnership, which includes state education agency representatives from the six states in the Southeast region, to provide an up-to-date systematic review of the literature on effective early childhood education curricula and instructional practices on language and literacy development.

Research Questions: This review will address one primary research question:

  • Which early childhood education curricula and instructional practices are supported by high-quality research that demonstrates a positive effect in any of the six outcome domains representing preschool children's language and literacy development (that is, language, phonological awareness, print knowledge, decoding, early writing, or general literacy performance)?
To better understand the nature of the curricula and instructional practices supported by high-quality research, this review will also address two descriptive research questions:
  • What are the effects of curricula and instructional practices supported by high-quality research on each of the six outcome domains of interest (that is, language, phonological awareness, print knowledge, decoding, early writing, or general literacy performance)?
  • What are common characteristics (for example, grouping/group size, duration/intensity of the intervention, implementer, type of training/ongoing support provided, instructional features) among curricula and instructional practices supported by high-quality research for each of the six outcome domains of interest (that is, language, phonological awareness, print knowledge, decoding, early writing, or general literacy performance)?

Study Design: The REL Southeast will conduct a comprehensive systematic review of research covering the last 20 years (1997-2017) using What Works Clearinghouse standards for evaluating effectiveness to identify curricula and instructional practices for improving early childhood language and literacy development.

Projected Release Date: Spring 2020

Partnership or Research Alliance: Southeast School Readiness partnership

Related Products: What's Known report

Principal Investigators & Affiliation:
Sarah Herrera, Ph.D.
Florida Center for Reading Research at Florida State University
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