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Zimmermann, Laura; Foster, Lindsey; Golinkoff, Roberta Michnick; Hirsh-Pasek, Kathy – American Educator, 2019
The last 15 years have witnessed a quiet revolution in the understanding of spatial skills, and the authors are finding that these all-important science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) competencies are rooted in spatial knowledge. Spatial skills are the tools use to visualize and navigate the world. Spatial skills allows people to…
Descriptors: Spatial Ability, STEM Education, Play, Toys
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Hadley, Elizabeth B.; Dickinson, David K.; Hirsh-Pasek, Kathy; Golinkoff, Roberta Michnick – Reading Research Quarterly, 2019
In this study, the authors examined the impact of a vocabulary intervention designed to support vocabulary depth, or the building of semantic networks, in preschool children (n = 30). The authors further investigated the effect of specific instructional strategies on growth in vocabulary depth. The intervention employed shared book reading and…
Descriptors: Semantics, Networks, Vocabulary Development, Taxonomy
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Rajan, Vinaya; Konishi, Haruka; Ridge, Katherine; Houston, Derek M.; Golinkoff, Roberta Michnick; Hirsh-Pasek, Kathy; Eastman, Nancy; Schwartz, Richard G. – Journal of Child Language, 2019
Several aspects of early language skills, including parent-report measures of vocabulary, phoneme discrimination, speech segmentation, and speed of lexical access predict later childhood language outcomes. To date, no studies have examined the long-term predictive validity of novel word learning. We examined whether individual differences in novel…
Descriptors: Language Skills, Vocabulary Development, Receptive Language, Predictive Validity
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Dickinson, David K.; Collins, Molly F.; Nesbitt, Kimberly; Toub, Tamara Spiewak; Hassinger-Das, Brenna; Hadley, Elizabeth Burke; Hirsh-Pasek, Kathy; Golinkoff, Roberta Michnick – Journal of Cognition and Development, 2019
There is a need for empirically based educational practices shown to support learning, yet validation tends to require a high degree of experimental control that can limit ecological validity and translation to classrooms. We describe our iterative intervention design to support preschoolers' vocabulary through book reading coupled with playful…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Intervention, Low Income Students, Vocabulary Development
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Schlesinger, Molly A.; Hirsh-Pasek, Kathy – Childhood Education, 2019
Children are always learning. Innovative initiatives that offer opportunities for learning and skill building in environments outside of school are as important as ones designed for the classroom.
Descriptors: Play, Skill Development, Learning Activities, Educational Games
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Golinkoff, Roberta Michnick; Hoff, Erika; Rowe, Meredith L.; Tamis-LeMonda, Catherine S.; Hirsh-Pasek, Kathy – Child Development, 2019
Sperry, Sperry, and Miller (2018) aim to debunk what is called the 30-million-word gap by claiming that children from lower income households hear more speech than Hart and Risley ([Hart, B., 1995]) reported. We address why the 30-million-word gap should not be abandoned, and the importance of retaining focus on the vital ingredient to language…
Descriptors: Child Development, Low Income, Vocabulary Development, Language Acquisition
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Ma, Weiyi; Zhou, Peng; Golinkoff, Roberta Michnick; Lee, Joanne; Hirsh-Pasek, Kathy – First Language, 2019
The syntactic structure of sentences in which a new word appears may provide listeners with cues to that new word's form class. In English, for example, a noun tends to follow a determiner ("a"/"an"/"the"), while a verb precedes the morphological inflection [ing]. The presence of these markers may assist children in…
Descriptors: Syntax, Cues, Mandarin Chinese, Verbs