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ERIC Number: ED543357
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep-19
Pages: 55
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 64
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Effects of a Preschool and Kindergarten Mathematics Curriculum: Big Math for Little Kids
Presser, Ashley Lewis; Clements, Margaret; Ginsburg, Herbert; Ertle, Barbrina
Education Development Center, Inc
"Research Findings: Big Math for Little Kids" ("BMLK") is a mathematics curriculum designed for 4- and 5-year-old children. In this study, the curriculum was evaluated for effectiveness over two years, using a cluster-randomized controlled study. Over 750 children participated in the study and experienced either the "BMLK" curriculum or business-as-usual instruction. Students' mathematics knowledge was assessed using the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Birth Cohort (ECLS-B) Direct Mathematics Assessment, an independent outcome measure not tied to the curriculum materials. The "BMLK" children significantly outperformed the business-as-usual control group, a difference that represents the equivalent of 1.6 months of additional instruction, with a medium effect size ("Cohen's d"=0.40). "BMLK" children also showed indications of improved mathematical language on piloted language tasks. "Policy or Practice": These results suggest that the inclusion of thoughtful, developmentally appropriate mathematics curriculum can positively impact young students' achievement. Tables are appended. (Contains 7 tables and 1 footnote.)
Education Development Center, Inc. 55 Chapel Street, Newton, MA 02458-1060. Tel: 617-969-7100; Fax: 617-969-5979; Web site: http://www.edc.org/
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Kindergarten; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
Authoring Institution: Education Development Center, Inc.
Identifiers - Location: New York
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Early Childhood Longitudinal Survey