Ohio State University – Early Learning Network
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Ohio State University

Project Name

Early Learning Ohio: Critical Contributions of Classroom Ecology to Children’s Learning

Studies

Policy and Practice Study

The goal of this study is to understand how state, local and school policies and programmatic decisions influence classroom ecologies, defined as the nature of children’s relationships and interactions with other children and adults in the classroom. Researchers will conduct interviews with state, district, school and classroom personnel and collect descriptive data to answer these questions.

Classroom Observation Study

Researchers seek to understand the ways in which dimensions of classroom ecology uniquely and interactively relate to PreK-3 children’s outcomes, via data collected on children, their classmates and their classrooms.

Longitudinal Study

The longitudinal study examines how kindergarten experiences may equalize the academic and social development of children who start school with different types of preschool experiences and identify the dimensions of kindergarten ecology that may be most influential.

Setting

The research studies will take place in the state of Ohio.

About the Team

Personnel

Laura Justice, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator

Laura Justice, Ph.D.

Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy
Ohio State University
logan.251@osu.edu

Biography

Kelly Purtell, Ph.D.

Co-Principal Investigator

Kelly Purtell, Ph.D.

College of Education and Human Ecology
Ohio State University
Purtell.15@osu.edu

Biography

Jessica Logan, Ph.D.

Co-Principal Investigator

Jessica Logan, Ph.D.

Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy
Ohio State University
logan.251@osu.edu

Biography

Tzu-Jung Lin, Ph.D.

Co-Principal Investigator

Tzu-Jung Lin, Ph.D.

College of Education and Human Ecology
Ohio State University
Lin.1653@osu.edu

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Hui Jiang, Ph.D.

Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy
Ohio State University
Jiang.200@osu.edu

Project Director

Jennifer Bostic

Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy
Ohio State University
Bostic.18@osu.edu