Daryl B. Greenfield, Principal Investigator
Preschool Science Project:
There is considerable activity surrounding quality science in early childhood classroom practices including state standards, curricula with science activities and an extensive literature on potential best practices. However, there is very little empirical research focused on the effectiveness of these practices.
The Head Start and School Transition Research Team is working in collaboration with the Miami Dade County Head Start Program and the Miami Museum of Science to improve the science readiness of Head Start children before they transition into public school. Current work involves the development of an Early Childhood Hands-On Science curriculum, professional development program and a new direct assessment of preschool children's science content knowledge and science processing skills.