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IES Predoctoral Program Seminar: Dr. Sharon Wolf

Add to Calendar Icon 2021-02-05 12:00 2021-02-05 12:00 15 Penn GSE Event: IES Predoctoral Program Seminar: Dr. Sharon Wolf Dr. Sharon Wolf, Assistant Professor of Human Development and Quantitative Methods, Penn GSE, presents Longitudinal Impacts of the 'Quality for Preschool Ghana' Interventions on Child Development as part of the IES Predoctoral Program weekly seminar series.
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Melanie Bahti DD/MM/YYYY
Friday, February 5, 2021 - 12:00pm
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Dr. Sharon Wolf

The University of Pennsylvania Predoctoral Training Program in Interdisciplinary Research Methods for Field-based Research in Education, sponsored by the Institute for Education Sciences (IES), welcomes Dr. Sharon Wolf to our weekly seminar series.

 Longitudinal Impacts of the 'Quality for Preschool Ghana' Interventions on Child Development 
Presented by Dr. Sharon Wolf, Assistant Professor of Human Development and Quantitative Methods, Penn GSE
We assessed the impacts of a teacher professional development program for public and private kindergartens in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana. We examined impacts on teacher professional well-being, classroom quality, and children’s readiness during one school year. This cluster-randomized-trial included 240 schools (teachers = 444; children = 3,345, Mage = 5.2) randomly assigned to one of three conditions: teacher training (TT), teacher training plus parental-awareness meetings (TTPA), and controls. The programs incorporated workshops and in-classroom coaching for teachers, and video-based discussion groups for parents. Moderate impacts were found on some dimensions of professional well-being (reduced burnout in the TT and TTPA conditions, reduced turnover in the TT condition), classroom quality(increased emotional support/behavior management in the TT and TTPA conditions, support for student expression in the TT condition), and small impacts on multiple domains of children’s school readiness (in the TT condition). The parental-awareness meetings had counteracting effects on child school readiness outcomes. One year after the intervention, impacts on children’s overall school readiness persisted for children in the TT treatment arm, but decreased in size. Two years later, there were persistent positive impacts of TT on literacy, and new negative impacts of TTPA on numeracy, but these depend on levels of classroom emotional support and teacher burnout in primary school. In addition, there were small persistent impacts of both treatments on children’s executive function, and these were not conditional on subsequent classroom environments.

 

More information
The IES Predoctoral Program’s weekly seminar series connects program fellows and affiliates to scholars and practitioners who engage in educational research and the development of research methods.

Seminars are likely of interest to doctoral students and faculty. If you are interested in attending, please email Melanie Bahti.


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Melanie Bahti
mbahti@upenn.edu