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UTNAM-Mobilitetsmidler Nord-Amerika innenfor utdanningsforskning

Optimizing learning opportunities for students in preschool and beyond

Awarded: NOK 0.10 mill.

The present UTNAM-grant represented a unique opportunity to invite two of the leading scholars in preschool education and childhood development from the US, Professor Carol Connor and Professor Deborah Vandell, to collaborate with researchers at the Department of Education at University of Oslo. The research stay lasted for a period of two weeks. During the two weeks we discussed our current and future research projects/papers, visited different preschools in Oslo and arranged a two day conference for our PhD students at the Department of Education. Professor Connor and Professor Vandell were the keynote speakers at the two-day conference and commentators to PhD work in progress. The conference was also attended by other researchers and stakeholders in the field of early education in Oslo.

This grant application represents a unique opportunity to build on leading educational research to support the opportunities for children to maximally benefit from preschool experiences in Norway. We propose inviting two of the leading scholars in preschool education and childhood development from the US, Professor Carol Connor and Professor Deborah Vandell (both employed at the School of Education at the University of California, Irvine) to the Department of Education at the University of Oslo to collaborate on our ongoing and planned research projects over a period of two weeks in September 2017. Dr. Connor is currently the principal investigator conducting a series of basic research studies and randomized controlled field trials investigating the reasons children fail to achieve proficient reading comprehension skills and the causal implications of child-by-instruction interaction effects on student achievement, specifically investigating the effect of individualizing language arts, social studies, and science instruction in preschool through fifth grade based on students' language and early reading skills. Dr. Vandell's research focuses on the effects of developmental contexts on children's social, behavioral, and academic functioning. As one of the principal investigators with the NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development, she has conducted an intensive study of 1300 children from birth through high school. This work is viewed by many social scientists as one of the most comprehensive studies of the short-term and long-term effects of early education programs, schooling, and the family on children's development. We will also arrange a two day conference for our PhD students at the Department of Education with Dr. Connor and Dr. Vandell as the keynote speakers and commentators to PhD work in progress.

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UTNAM-Mobilitetsmidler Nord-Amerika innenfor utdanningsforskning

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