PPE (Preschoolers, Parents, and Educators: Strategies to Support Early Science Literacy)

June 1st, 2007 - September 30th, 2010 | PROJECT

The Boston Children's Museum will collaborate with Action for Boston Community Head Start Programs and Evergreene Research and Evaluation on an integrated research-to-practice project whose focus is science learning by pre-school age children. It will produce the following deliverables: a research-based Adult-Child Interaction Inventory (ACII) cataloging a spectrum of nonverbal and verbal interactions that occur during science engagement between parents, grandparents, or caregivers and young children; an ACII User Guide for museum professionals detailing how the inventory can be used for exhibit and professional development; a 2,800 sq ft Peep's World permanent exhibition informed by the ACII research; and a best practices survey highlighting effective strategies for eliciting positive adult-child interactions derived from a Community of Practice established by this project. The project will apply the research findings on nonverbal adult-child behavior to designing exhibits eliciting interactions supporting early childhood STEM learning. Project outcomes will benefit museum exhibit and program developers, preshool educators and families with children ages 3 to 5.

Project Website(s)

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Team Members

Gail Ringel, Principal Investigator, Children's Museum Boston
Timothy Porter, Co-Principal Investigator, Children's Museum Boston
Ann Marie Stephan, Former Principal Investigator, Children's Museum Boston
Lorrie Beaumont, Contributor, Laurie Beaumont Ed.D.


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 0638990
Funding Amount: 1925769


Audience: Educators | Teachers | Evaluators | Families | Museum | ISE Professionals | Parents | Caregivers | Pre-K Children (0-5)
Discipline: Education and learning science | General STEM
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Exhibitions | Museum and Science Center Exhibits | Professional Development | Conferences | Networks | Professional Development and Workshops