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Hassinger-Das, Brenna; Ridge, Katherine; Parker, Amira; Golinkoff, Roberta Michnick; Hirsh-Pasek, Kathy; Dickinson, David K. – Mind, Brain, and Education, 2016
This study moves beyond previous investigations to examine whether an educational intervention combining shared book reading with a vocabulary game increases children's vocabulary knowledge. Four-year-olds (N = 44) were randomly assigned to dyads in either an intervention (shared book reading plus vocabulary review game) or comparison condition…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Vocabulary Skills, Educational Games, Vocabulary Development
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Zosh, Jennifer M.; Verdine, Brian N.; Filipowicz, Andrew; Golinkoff, Roberta Michnick; Hirsh-Pasek, Kathy; Newcombe, Nora S. – Mind, Brain, and Education, 2015
As the traditional toys of the past are quickly being replaced with electronically "enhanced" toys, it is important to understand how these changes impact parent--child interactions, especially in light of the evidence that the richness and variety of these interactions have long-term effects on diverse areas of cognition (Hart &…
Descriptors: Parent Child Relationship, Play, Toys, Comparative Analysis
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Weisberg, Deena Skolnick; Hirsh-Pasek, Kathy; Golinkoff, Roberta Michnick – Mind, Brain, and Education, 2013
Decades of research demonstrate that a strong curricular approach to preschool education is important for later developmental outcomes. Although these findings have often been used to support the implementation of educational programs based on direct instruction, we argue that "guided play" approaches can be equally effective at delivering content…
Descriptors: Play, Teaching Methods, Preschool Education, Developmentally Appropriate Practices
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Parish-Morris, Julia; Mahajan, Neha; Hirsh-Pasek, Kathy; Golinkoff, Roberta Michnick; Collins, Molly Fuller – Mind, Brain, and Education, 2013
Early experiences with books predict later reading success, and an interactive shared reading style called "dialogic reading" is especially beneficial to emergent literacy. Electronic console (EC) books, CD-rom books, and e-book apps are designed to teach preschoolers preliteracy skills, but research has yet to systematically explore the…
Descriptors: Story Reading, Emergent Literacy, Electronic Publishing, Literacy Education
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Harris, Justin; Newcombe, Nora S.; Hirsh-Pasek, Kathy – Mind, Brain, and Education, 2013
The relation of spatial skills to academic success in areas such as math and science has sparked discussion in early education around how spatial thinking skills might be included in early schooling. Planning and evaluating new curricula or interventions requires understanding these skills and having the means to assess them. Prior developmental…
Descriptors: Young Children, Spatial Ability, Thinking Skills, Cognitive Processes
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Ferrara, Katrina; Hirsh-Pasek, Kathy; Newcombe, Nora S.; Golinkoff, Roberta Michnick; Lam, Wendy Shallcross – Mind, Brain, and Education, 2011
Spatial skills are a central component of intellect and show marked individual differences. There is evidence that variations in the spatial language young children hear, which directs their attention to important aspects of the spatial environment, may be one of the mechanisms that contributes to these differences. To investigate how play affects…
Descriptors: Toys, Play, Individual Differences, Spatial Ability