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ERIC Number: ED502623
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 21
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
Tools of the Mind. What Works Clearinghouse Intervention Report
What Works Clearinghouse
"Tools of the Mind" is an early childhood curriculum for preschool and kindergarten children, designed to foster children's executive function through development of self-regulation, working memory, and cognitive flexibility. Activities emphasize both executive functioning and academic skills. One study of "Tools of the Mind" meets the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) evidence standards. The study included more than 200 three- to four-year-old children attending preschool in a low-income, urban school district. The WWC considers the extent of evidence for "Tools of the Mind" to be small for oral language, print knowledge, cognition, and math. No studies that meet the WWC evidence standards with or without reservations addressed phonological processing or early reading/writing. Study Characteristics data, Outcome Measures, Summarized Study Findings, Rating data, and Extent of Evidence by Domain are appended. (Contains 5 footnotes.) [The following study is reviewed in this intervention report: Barnett, W., Jung, K., Yarosz, D., Thomas, J., Hornbeck, A., Stechuk, R., & Burns, S. (2008). Educational effects of the "Tools of the Mind" curriculum: a randomized trial. "Early Childhood Research Quarterly," 23(3), 299-313.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Kindergarten; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: What Works Clearinghouse (ED)
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Expressive One Word Picture Vocabulary Test; Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test; Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence
IES Funded: Yes
IES Cited: ED544376