ERIC Number: ED423999
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Good Beginnings for All Children: From Brain Research to Action.
Cohen, Deborah L.
In November 1997, Washington University and the Parents as Teachers National Center hosted a forum on how to apply neuroscience research to the field of education. The forum focused primarily on language acquisition in young children, which is fundamental to early learning and development and to later school success. The 110 participants included educators, scientists, educational psychologists, legislators and policy makers, education and neuroscience researchers, foundation representatives, superintendents of public instruction, leaders of various education organizations, and representatives of the media. The forum included presentations by leading researchers in the fields of brain research and language development, case studies by leaders of two states and one community that are using innovative approaches to meet the needs of young children and their families, and dialogue among participants on areas of consensus, strategies for action, and topics for further research. This report summarizes the forum's presentations and participants' recommendations. Articles and summaries are grouped in the following areas: (1) "What Do We Know about How the Brain Develops and How Children Learn Language?"; (2) "How Can This Information Best Inform Policy and Practice?"; (3) "Case Studies: Statewide and Communitywide Collaborative Efforts"; (4) "Rob Reiner's 'I Am Your Child Campaign'"; (5) "Points of Commonality and Controversy"; and (6) "Putting It All Together: Challenges and Mandates." (EV)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Early Childhood Development and Education (ED/OERI), Washington, DC.; Danforth Foundation, Clayton, MO.
Authoring Institution: Parents as Teachers National Center, Inc., St. Louis, MO.